Death threats put damper on women's super-G race

By Nesha Starcevic

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 4 2013 12:15 a.m. MST

Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrates on the podium after winning a women's World Cup super-G, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Associated Press

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Anna Fenninger of Austria upstaged the favorites to win a super-G race Sunday, while overall World Cup winner Tina Maze was placed under police protection after organizers received a death threat against the Slovenian.

Maze finished fourth in the race and had two bodyguards close by after the race. The threat came in an email received Saturday afternoon, after Maze had won the downhill race and broken the points record for a season.

Fenninger beat hometown favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch by 0.20 of a second on the Kandahar course for her third career victory and second of the season. Julia Mancuso of the United States was third.

Mancuso and Maze are still in competition for the season super-G title, which will now be decided at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in two weeks.

MEN'S SUPER-G: At Kvitfjell, Norway, Aksel Lund Svindal clinched the World Cup super-G title on Sunday after winning his first race in Norway.

The victory gives Svindal an unassailable 480 points, ahead of Italy's Matteo Marsaglia on 249 and Matthias Mayer of Austria with 228. In the overall standings, Svindal closed in on leader Marcel Hirscher with six races left. The Austrian has 1,215 points, while Svindal is second with 1,186. Ted Ligety of the United States is third with 809

MEN'S X-COUNTRY: At Val Di Fiemme, Italy, Johan Olsson won the individual 50-kilometer classic on Sunday with a brilliant solo performance on the last day of the Nordic World Championships.

The 32-year-old Swede beat Switzerland's Dario Cologna by 12.9 seconds, with Alexey Poltoranin finishing third, 16.8 seconds behind Olsson.

SPEEDSKATING: At Erfurt, Germany, American Brittany Bowe won a 1,000 meter speedskating world cup race on Sunday, edging Ireen Wust of the Netherlands by 0.04 seconds.

Heather Richardson of the U.S. still leads the overall standings with 501 points, despite finishing 12th. Czech skater Karolina Erbanova is second with 429 and Bowe has 390.

Jan Smeekens neared the men's overall title with a win in the 500, clocking 34.96 seconds to beat Japan's Joji Kato by 0.09 seconds. Another Dutchman, Ronald Mulder, finished 0.32 seconds back to recreate Saturday's podium placements.

BIATHLON: At Oslo, Norway, Tora Berger of Norway won her third straight biathlon World Cup race Sunday, overcoming two penalties to take the women's 12.5 kilometer mass start.

Her time of 36 minutes, 58.8 seconds beat Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia by 5.4 seconds. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was third, 23.3 seconds back.

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