Fenninger storms to super-g gold

Anna Fenninger won gold in the ladies' super-G (AP)

Anna Fenninger won gold in the ladies' super-G (AP)

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Austrian skier Anna Fenninger romped to her first Winter Olympics gold medal in the ladies' super-G on Saturday.

The 24-year-old stormed down the tricky Rosa Khutor Alpine Center course in a time of one minute 25.52 seconds to seal victory by a comfortable margin.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch was the pre-event favourite after triumphing in the super combined earlier this week, but the German had to settle for silver after finishing 0.55secs adrift of Fenninger, while Nicole Hosp earned bronze.

Fenninger's success continued Austria's dominance in this event, with her compatriots Michaela Dorfmeister winning at Turin 2006 and Andrea Fischbacher succeeding her four years later in Vancouver.

''I only realised what had happened when I stood on the top of the podium,'' Fenninger said.

''My feeling is indescribable. I just hope the realisation will sink in the way I imagined it so I can properly enjoy myself by this evening.''

Charlotte Kalla produced a stunning last lap to propel Sweden to a gold medal in the women's cross country 4x5km relay.

Kalla entered the final lap 16 seconds behind the Finnish team, but skied the fastest lap of the race to overhaul Finland's Krista Lahteenmaki and Denise Herrmann of Germany, who claimed silver and bronze for their countries respectively.

Defending champions and pre-race favourites Norway finished outside the medals in fifth place.

In the opening quarter-final of the women's ice hockey tournament, Sweden sprang a surprise by beating Nordic neighbours Finland 4-2 and will now face the United States in the semis.

Finland went ahead in the second period through Venla Hovi, but goals from Anna Borgqvist and Lina Wester gave Sweden the edge.

Emma Nuutinen levelled things up once more for the Finns, only for Emma Eliasson and Emma Nordin to send the Swedes into the last four.

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