Ragnhild Mowinckel achieved today in Cortina d'Ampezzo her first victory in the Downhill in the Alpine Ski World Cup. Her three previous World Cup victories were in the Ofterschwang Giant Slalom in 2018, and in the Super-G, in Courchevel-Meribel in 2022, and last season in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The Norwegian finished ahead of Jacqueline Wiles (+0.35) and Sofia Goggia (+0.44).
On a day marked by continuous interruptions due to the wind, with the slope becoming faster, Mowinckel returned to the top of the podium in the same place where a year ago she obtained her last victory.
"It’s incredibly beautiful. I'm happy, I'm proud of myself. My performance throughout the season makes me proud. At the start of the season, I had no self-confidence and no security. I knew then that I had to build it up. It's not easy, but step by step we've made progress", Mowinckel said.
Jacqueline Wiles earned today her best result and third career World Cup podium. The last time the US 31-year-old skier finished on the podium was also in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2018 in the Downhill. She has another podium finish in the Downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in 2017.
"This is absolutely amazing, it has been a long time coming with a lot of injuries over the last five or six years. To be able to come here and put a run down like that means the world to me, it’s really special", Wiles said.
Sofia Goggia finished in third place and confirmed her leadership in the Downhill standings. Since the start of last season, Goggia has finished on the podium in 12 of the 14 women's World Cup Downhill events she started (six victories, four second places, and two third places).
"The first 17 we started with a lot of wind and others came down without a lot of wind. It’s mixed emotions for me and I am sorry I didn’t win. I’m happy with my performance and I had a good run. It was hard against the wind, but it was a good day", Goggia said.
The five Women's World Cup Downhill races this season were won by five different women: Mikaela Shiffrin (St. Moritz), Jasmine Flury (Val d'Isère), Sofia Goggia (Zauchensee), Stephanie Venier, and Ragnhild Mowinckel (Cortina d'Ampezzo).