The Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen was awarded the FIS World Ski Championships for 2011 after years of unsuccessful bids to host the event. It also hosted the championships back in 1978, as well as the first ever Winter Olympics, back in 1936, so it was fitting that the town should host skiing's 2nd largest event 75 years after hosting the big one - the Winter Olympics.
The GAP championships promised to be one of the biggest the FIS had organised, with more than 500 competitors from 69 different nations battling it out for alpine glory.
All the medal details from the men's races at GAP...
|09-02-2011||Super G||Christof Innerhofer (Italy)||Hannes Reichelt (Austria)||Ivica Kostelic (Croatia)|
|12-02-2011||Downhill||Erik Guay (Canada)||Didier Cuche (Switzerland)||Christof Innerhofer (Italy)|
All the medal details from the women's races at GAP...
|08-02-2011||Super G||Elisabeth Goergl (Austria)||Julia Mancuso (USA)||Maria Riesch (Germany)|
|11-02-2011||Super Combined||Anna Fenninger (Austria)||Tina Maze (Slovenia)||Anja Parson (Sweden)|
|13-02-2011||Downhill||Elisabeth Goergl (Austria)||Lindsey Vonn (USA)||Maria Riesch (Germany)|
The Austrian's lead the medal table at the start of the Championships, with Elisabeth Goergl's gold in the icy Super G.
Christof Innerhofer put the Italians second in the medal table with his victory in the men's Super G, although Hannes Reichelt's
silver kept the Austrians at the top of the table.
21 year-old Austrian sensation Anna Fenninger made it two gold's out of two for the Austrian women with fantastic runs in both the downhill and the slalom.
As with the Super G it was Austria-USA-Germany in the women's downhill, with Lizzi Goergl and Maria Riesch filling the gold and bronze positions and Lindsey Vonn taking silver. That made it 3 golds out of 3 for the Austrian women - a dream start that kept them at the head of the medal table.