Anna Veith

Anna Veith (née Fenninger; born 18 June 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She was the overall World Cup champion for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Anna Veith
Alpine skier
Veith in 2014
DisciplinesGiant slalom, Super-G,
Downhill, Combined
ClubSkiklub Hypo Hallein
Born (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989
Hallein, Salzburg, Austria
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
World Cup debut11 November 2006 (age 17)
Websiteanna-veith.com
Olympics
Teams3 – (2010, 2014, 2018)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 – (20092017)
Medals5 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons11 – (2007–2015, 20172018)
Wins15 – (11 GS, 3 SG, 1 AC)
Podiums45
Overall titles2 – (2014, 2015)
Discipline titles3 – (GS: 2014, 2015 & AC: 2015)

Born in Hallein, Veith is from the village of Adnet in Salzburg and made her World Cup debut at age 17 in November 2006. She competed in all five alpine disciplines, but omitted slalom as of January 2012. Her first major success was becoming world champion in the super combined in 2011,[1] without having won a World Cup race before. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Veith won the super-G at Rosa Khutor for her first Olympic medal, and at the end of the season she won the World Cup overall and giant slalom titles.

Ski racing

2006–2010: World Cup Debut and first successes

In the 2006 Junior World Championships, Veith (née Fenninger) won the gold in the super-G, silver in the downhill, and finished fifth in the slalom.

On 11 November 2006, Veith made her World Cup debut in the slalom at Levi, Finland. She tallied her first World Cup points (top 30) on 21 January 2007 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, where she finished 16th in the giant slalom.

After another top 20 placing, she improved again on 22 December 2007 in St. Anton, where she received her best result of fourth in the super combined. At the 2008 Junior World Championships, Veith won gold in the giant slalom and silver in both combined and downhill.

In the 2009 season she achieved six top 10 placings, with her greatest success being a second place in the super-G event in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 26 January 2009. At the World Championships in Val-d'Isère Veith became 4th and 7th in the super-G and the super combined events, respectively. She won the bronze medal in the super-G event at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

In the next season, Veith had three top 10 finishes. At the 2010 Winter Olympics she placed 16th in the super-G and the super combined events, and 25th in the downhill.

2011: World Champion

The 2011 season was a very successful season for Veith. She had twelve World Cup top ten finishes, which included two podiums, and finished 12th in the overall standings. She was 6th in the season's downhill standings, and 7th in the super-G. At the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Veith won gold in the super combined and silver in the team event, together with Romed Baumann, Michaela Kirchgasser, Benjamin Raich, Marlies Schild and Philipp Schörghofer. She completed the season by winning the gold medal in the super-G at the Austrian Championships in late March.

2012–2013: first World Cup victories, bronze medal in Schladming

In late December 2011, Veith won her first World Cup event in Lienz, Austria, in the Giant slalom.[2] Her most consistent World Cup podium results have been in the super-G. After another giant slalom win in Austria in December 2012,[3] Veith's first super-G victory came in March 2013 in Germany.[4]

At the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, Veith won bronze in the giant slalom.

In the alpine skiing World Cup overall ranking 2013 she finished third behind Tina Maze and Maria Höfl-Riesch.

2014 Sochi Olympics and World Cup overall title

The 2014 season was Veith's most successful season so far. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Veith won the super-G at Rosa Khutor for her first Olympic medal, winning by over a half-second.[5][6] Three days later, she won a silver medal in the giant slalom, just .02 seconds behind gold medalist and World Cup rival Tina Maze of Slovenia. The Giant Slalom was held in the rain.[7]

In the next three races after the Olympics, Veith had a runner-up finish and two wins, which gave her 280 more points and temporary lead over Höfl-Riesch. in the World Cup overall standings. Höfl-Riesch. regained the lead after the slalom at Are, but was injured in the downhill at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide. The next day, Veith secured her first World Cup overall title with a runner-up finish in the super-G.[8] She won the season-ending giant slalom to clinch the crystal globe for that discipline as well. Veith was runner-up for the season in both speed events, downhill and super-G and finished with four World Cup victories and eleven podiums. Including the Olympics, she had five wins and thirteen podiums during the 2014 season.

2015 World Championships and World Cup titles

Veith had her most successful World Championships to date winning gold medals in the Super G and GS and a silver in the downhill. Following the World Championships she continued her form in the World Cup. On January 19 she had trailed Tina Maze by 361 points in the overall. On March 13 she briefly overtook Maze in the standings with a dominant win in the GS in Åre, to take her ninth straight World Cup podium and fifth victory of the season.[9] It was the first time she had led the overall since winning the first race of the season: the GS in Sölden. Only five races remained. The overall and GS titles would go to the last run of the last race of the season: the GS in Meribel. Veith was then trailing Maze by 18 points in the overall and had an 86-point lead over teammate Eva Maria Brem in the GS standings. Veith took a win, and with it the GS and overall titles.[10]

Three days before the opening race of the 2015-16 season (Giant Slalom at Sölden in October) Veith fell in a training run there. She suffered severe tears to both her ACL and meniscus, causing her to miss the entire season, as well as the majority of the next. Veith's first World Cup event after the injury was a giant slalom at Semmering on December 27, 2016, but she didn't qualify for the second leg. The next day, she was 25th in another GS at Semmering. Her best result on the World Cup was a third place in the Super G on January 29 at Cortina, shortly before the World Championships. However, Veith wasn't able to duplicate her success (giant slalom (22nd) and super-G (DNF)), then withdrew from the remainder of the World Cup season, citing lingering injuries that needed to be dealt with in order for her to continue in her career.

In January 2016 she announced former tennis player Florian Krumrey as her new manager.[11]

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Veith attempted to defend her 2014 Super-G gold medal, ultimately winning the silver medal in PyeongChang, behind Czech skier Ester Ledecká in a major upset.

Conservation efforts

Veith supports the non-profit organisation Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), whose mission is to be the world's resource charged with protecting the cheetahs and ultimately ensuring its future on our planet. Her racehelmet has a cheetah design, and as an ambassador of this organisation she was publishing several videos and photographs with herself in cheetah design,[12][13] with the aim of raising awareness that they are almost extinct.

From 2013 to 2015 Veith was also a partner of the Austrian non-profit organisation Build an Ark - engaged in wildlife conservation for many years - in order to create a long-term effect for the Cheetah project. The cooperation of a top-athlete and a wildlife conservation association, themed "top-class sports meets wildlife conservation" was intended to raise awareness of the cheetah's plight and of society's role in its long-term survival.[14]

Personal life

She was born in Hallein, Austria, to parents Peter and Martina Fenninger, and later settled in Salzburg. On 16 April 2016, she married her longtime boyfriend, former snowboarder Manuel Veith.[15]

In early November 2016 she published her first book "Zwischenzeit" ("meantime"). The autobiography mainly covers her career up to now and her experience of being unable to compete due to a prolonged injury.[16]

World Cup results

Season titles

Season
Discipline
2014Overall
Giant slalom
2015Overall
Giant slalom
Combined A

A Unofficial, combined was not awarded from seasons 2013 to 2015.

Season standings

Season
Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
200717108 40    
20081860 5232 14
20091920395215217
20102026  13266
201121125933769
20122255443198
2013233 23813
2014241 1228
2015251 1221
201626knee injury in October: out for season
20172774 482645 
20182815 33312 
20192939 182634 

Race victories

  • 15 wins – (11 GS, 3 SG, 1 AC)
  • 45 podiums – (15 GS, 21 SG, 8 DH, 1 AC)
Season
Date Location Discipline
201228 Dec 2011 Lienz, AustriaGiant slalom
201328 Dec 2012 Semmering, AustriaGiant slalom
3 Mar 2013 Garmisch, GermanySuper-G
9 Mar 2013 Ofterschwang, GermanyGiant slalom
201428 Dec 2013 Lienz, AustriaGiant slalom
6 Mar 2014 Åre, SwedenGiant slalom
7 Mar 2014Giant slalom
16 Mar 2014   Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandGiant slalom
201525 Oct 2014 Sölden, AustriaGiant slalom
21 Feb 2015 Maribor, SloveniaGiant slalom
1 Mar 2015 Bansko, BulgariaSuper combined
2 Mar 2015Super-G
13 Mar 2015 Åre, SwedenGiant slalom
22 Mar 2015 Méribel, FranceGiant slalom
201817 Dec 2017 Val d'Isere, FranceSuper-G

World Championship results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
200919324DNF7
2011215171
2013233DNF11DNF2
2015251124
20172722DNF

Olympic results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
201020162516
20142421DNF8
201828122

Awards

References

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  2. Williams, Eric (28 December 2011). "Fenninger takes first career World Cup win at home in Lienz GS, Vonn fifth". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014.
  3. Mintz, Geoff (28 December 2012). "Fenninger earns first win of season on home snow, Shiffrin her career best GS". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014.
  4. Mintz, Geoff (3 March 2013). "Mancuso third in Garmisch, as Fenninger knocks the German into runner-up position". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014.
  5. Mintz, Geoff (15 February 2014). "Fenninger, Höfl-Riesch. and Hosp survive DNFs for medals in SG". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  6. "Austrian Anna Fenninger wins women's Super G Gold at Sochi". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  7. Mintz, Geoff (18 February 2014). "Maze shines in rainy Russia". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  8. Dunbar, Graham (13 March 2014). "Austrian skier Anna Fenninger wins overall World Cup title; Lara Gut wins super-G". US News. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  9. "Fenninger wins again, surges to lead in overall standings". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  10. "Fenninger shines in winner-takes-all showdown with Maze". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. "Fenninger: Neustart mit Wulff-Manager" (in German). oe24.at. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  12. "Super-G gold medalist Anna Fenninger wants to help cheetahs (Video)". 15 February 2014. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  13. "Anna Fenninger im Skiweltcup.TV Interview: "Geparden und ich haben viel gemeinsam!"" (in German). 15 June 2014. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  14. "Anna Fenninger at Build-an-Ark" (in German). Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  15. "Anna Fenninger weds in private, changes last name to Veith". SkiRacing.com. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  16. "Anna Veith spricht über ihr "Baby"". kleinezeitung.at. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  17. "Anna Fenninger für "Sportswoman of the year" nominiert". diepresse.com. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  18. "Djokovic ist "Europas Sportler des Jahres" - Fenninger und Hirscher in Top 10". nachrichten.at. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  19. "Kanzleramtsminister Ostermayer überreicht Anna Veith das Große Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich". ots.at. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
Awards
Preceded by
Marlies Schild
Austrian Sportswoman of the year
2013 – 2015
Succeeded by
Eva-Maria Brem
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Mario Stecher
Flagbearer for  Austria
Pyeongchang 2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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