Anna Fenninger snatches World Cup overall lead; Shiffrin struggles in Are (video)

Anna Fenninger

Austrian Anna Fenninger won a World Cup giant slalom for the second straight day in Are, Sweden, on Friday and took the overall lead in the World Cup standings.

Americans Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin finished 20th and 24th, respectively.

Fenninger, the Olympic super-G champion and giant slalom silver medalist, prevailed in a two-run time of 2 minutes, .15 of a second on Friday. She beat German Viktoria Rebensburg by .61. Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was third.

Fenninger won her third straight World Cup giant slalom dating to 2013 and overtook Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the overall World Cup standings by seven points with five races left.

The women’s World Cup continues with a slalom in Are on Saturday.

Fenninger also closed to within 14 points of Lindell-Vikarby in the giant slalom season standings. The giant slalom crystal globe will be determined at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, next weekend.

Are giant slalom 2
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 2:00.15
2. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) 2:00.76
3. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 2:00.83
4. Eva-Maria Brem (AUT) 2:00.95
5. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:01.28
6. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) 2:01.48
7. Nadia Fanchini (ITA) 2:01.70
8. Federica Brignone (ITA) 2:01.92
9. Nina Loeseth (NOR) 2:02.28
10. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) 2:02.47
20. Julia Mancuso (USA) 2:03.12
24. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 2:03.27

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championships results

Ironman Kona World Championships

2022 Ironman Kona World Championship top-10 results and notables (full, searchable pro and age group results are here) …

Pro Women
1. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) — 8:33:46
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) — 8:41:37
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:42:22
4. Laura Philipp (GER) — 8:50:31
5. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 8:54:43
6. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 8:56:26
7. Sarah Crowley (AUS) — 9:01:58
8. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 9:02:26
9. Skye Moench (USA) — 9:04:31
10. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:07:49
16. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:22:17
DNF. Sarah True (USA)

Pro Men
Race is on Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Chelsea Sodaro wins Ironman Kona World Championship, ends American drought

Chelsea Sodaro

Chelsea Sodaro was the surprise winner of the Ironman Kona World Championships women’s race, ending the longest American victory drought in the event’s 44-year history.

Sodaro, a 33-year-old mom to an 18-month-old, prevailed in an unofficial 8 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“My mind is a little bit blown right now,” she said in a finish area interview 25 minutes later, standing next to her daughter, Skylar. “This is the culmination of things being right in my life and having perspective. … This is freakin’ incredible, but the greatest gift at the end of the finish line is my little 18-month-old.”

Sodaro was in fifth place after the 2.6-mile swim and 112-mile bike, then recorded one of the fastest 26.2-mile marathon runs in event history (2:51:45) to win by 7 minutes, 50 seconds over Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Swiss Daniela Ryf, who was eyeing her sixth Ironman world title, led after the bike but faded quickly on the run.

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Sodaro, whose lone previous full Ironman was a second-place finish at June’s European Championships (reportedly in the second-fastest Ironman distance debut in history), became the first American to win in Kona since Tim DeBoom in 2002 and the first American to win the women’s race since Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser in 1996.

She is the first woman or man to win in their Kona debut since Brit Chrissie Wellington took the first of her four titles in 2007.

Sodaro (née Reilly) was an All-America runner at Cal, then placed 19th in the 10,000m at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

She turned to triathlon in 2017, made podiums on the World Cup circuit (just below the top-level World Series for Olympic hopefuls) and moved up to long-distance racing in 2018.

At the half Ironman distance, she was fourth at the 2019 World Championships, her last major championship start before the pandemic, pregnancy, childbirth and a move up to the full Ironman this year.

“I’m pretty stoked that I think I maybe get to take the rest of the year off and be a mom for a month or so,” Sodaro said.

The pro men’s race is Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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