Road To The Olympic Games

Anna Fenninger wins World Cup giant slalom race in Sweden

Anna Fenninger came from seventh after the opening run to take Thursday's giant slalom in Are, Sweden, getting closer to the overall World Cup lead in the process.

Canada's Marie-Michèle Gagnon 13th

Austria's Anna Fenninger has carried her Olympic momentum back into the resumption of the World Cup season. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/The Associated Press)

Anna Fenninger came from seventh after the opening run to take Thursday's World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden.

Fenninger won with a combined time of two minutes, 27.03 seconds. The Austrian won silver in the GS at the Sochi Olympics, and won gold in the super-G.

Anémone Marmottan of France was 0.23 seconds back for her first ever World Cup podium appearance.

Lara Gut of Switzerland and Eva-Marie Brum of Austria were tied for third.

Olympic giant slalom champion Tina Maze of Slovenia led after the first run but slipped to fifth place.

Marie-Michèle Gagnon was the top Canadian. The Lac-Etchemin, Que., native was 13th.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., did not qualify for the first run, while Brit Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., did not finish the first run.

In other notable results, discipline standings leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden was sixth, while American teen Mikaela Shiffrin was 15th.

Fenninger closed the gap in the overall World Cup standings, now just 67 back of Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who finished 21st.

Fenninger's 64 points back of Lindell-Vikarby in the giant slalom standings.

There are six races remaining in the season, with two more scheduled in Are this weekend. Another giant slalom is set for Friday, with a slalom scheduled for Saturday.

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