Austrian ski federation, Fenninger solve ongoing dispute
VIENNA (AP) The Austrian ski federation and Anna Fenninger said Thursday they have solved their ongoing dispute, a month after the two-time overall World Cup champion quit a preseason training camp with the Austrian women's team in Cyprus.
Fenninger and the national governing body had been quarreling for months about the skier's personal manager and about her wish to have one of the team physicians working exclusively for her. Fenninger even threatened to leave the federation.
In a joint statement, they said ''existing misunderstandings and communication problems have been disposed once and for all'' during a meeting on Wednesday.
''Anna Fenninger remains an important part of the (federation's) family and will continue to receive ideal training facilities,'' it said, adding that both parties agreed to share the costs for additional physiotherapy staff and ended a commercial conflict about the skier's helmet sponsor.
Last month, Fenninger said she'd rather leave the federation than part ways with her manager, Klaus Kaercher of Germany, who has been with her for the past three seasons. A year after winning Olympic super-G gold in Sochi, Fenninger last season became the first female skier to successfully defend an overall World Cup title since Lindsey Vonn in 2010.
The federation, which usually handles the management of all its skiers, later denied having asked Fenninger to break up with Kaercher.
The 25-year-old Fenninger has won four gold medals and eight in total at Olympics and world championships, and has won 14 World Cup races.