December 28 - December 28 is becoming a day to remember for Anna Fenninger as she wins the giant slalom event in an Austrian World Cup for the third successive year.
The 24-year-old's victory in Leinz made it a hat-trick of wins in the event following triumphs in the same city in 2011 and in Semmering in 2012.
Fenninger's triumph represented her first World Cup victory of the season and her fifth overall.
The Austrian skier clocked a combined time of 2min 17sec to beat Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby by half a second with America's reigning slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin a further 0.01 second adrift.
"I can't explain why I am successful on that specific day," Fenninger said.
"It's just amazing to win again.
"I have good memories of my fist victory here and it helps a bit for sure.
"I really love Lienz and the slope."
Fenninger moved into second place in the overall standings behind Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, who was a distant 17th.
"I was a bit disappointed with my last giant slalom results," said Fenninger, on the podium for the first time in five giant slalom races this season.
"We had a lot of speed events recently and I didn't get much time to train my giant slalom skills.
"I didn't know I could be able to win today but I was ready to give it all.
"It is just great it turned out to be such a big day for me.
"Winning in front of a home crowd makes it very special for sure."
Lindell-Vikarby is the clear leader in the giant slalom standings on 332 points, 110 ahead of compatriot Maria Pietilae-Holmner.
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