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World Cup champion reveals pressure to win

A World Cup champion at 24, Anna Fenninger reveals teenage pressure to be Austria's star

Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrates at finish line after taking second place in a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide...
Austria's Anna Fenninger competes on her way to finish in second place, during a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide,...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrates at finish line after taking second place in a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Austria's Anna Fenninger competes on her way to finish in second place, during a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide,...

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- Still only 24 but already a World Cup champion, Austrian skier Anna Fenninger says she struggled to cope with expectations in the past.

Fenninger was anointed the "next big thing" after winning back-to-back overall titles in the second-tier Europa Cup. Speaking the day after clinching the overall World Cup title, Fenninger says "everybody (said), 'Yeah, she's the next World Cup winner.' I was 17 and, yeah, it was just too early."

After joining the World Cup circuit, she says she "felt a bit alone there, and too young."

Fenninger says winning Olympic gold in super-G last month helped her believe she could win the World Cup. Still, she's not fully celebrating her success before competing for the season-long giant slalom title on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-04-13 07:29 GMT+08:00