The victory came as a surprise not only to the spectators but to Pietilä-Holmner herself. When she finished her second run the time showed that she was 68 hundreds of a second before runner up Maria Riesch from Germany, news agency TT reports.
“This is indescribable,” she said shortly after it was clear that she would get the gold. “It felt very controlled and I though I was going slowly, so I was surprised to see that I was the fastest skier.”
But before her victory Pietilä-Holmner has been seen as a weak skier who was unlikely to reach the top. In the world cup she has only been among the top 10 about 35 times. She has only won a medal once before Sunday’s triumph and that was in 2008 in Levi, Finland.