With her famous parents in attendance, Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein celebrated her first World Cup victory when she mastered a steep and fast course to win a super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Friday.
Weirather edged Julia Mancuso of the United States and Tina Maze of Slovenia, the overall World Cup winner, who tied for second. Maze became the first skier to make 19 podiums in one season.
Weirather is the daughter of Hanni Wenzel and Harti Weirather, who won plenty of races between them but never on the tough Kandahar course.
"They don't come to all the races, but I am happy that they are here," Weirather said. "They went through a lot for me, now we can party a little."
Weirather was third out of the gate and covered the Kandahar course in one minute 19.82 seconds to beat Mancuso and Maze by 0.12 seconds. Anna Fenninger of Austria was fourth, .28 seconds back.
Maze, who won the super-G at the world championships last month in Schladming, Austria, collected 80 points for her second place and has 1,924 points overall, taking her closer to becoming the first skier to top 2,000. There are still eight more races and each win is worth 100 points.
"I have enough energy but it's a long season and to stay focused is the toughest part," Maze said. "I haven't won a downhill this season and that's my next goal."
Several racers were faster than Weirather in the early splits, but she was the fastest in the steep bottom section and that's where she sealed the victory.