Sofia Goggia Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise
Updated: Jan 22
Sofia Goggia returned to her winning ways with a Downhill victory at Lake Louise today. In a really cold day -the thermometer recorded minus 28 degrees-, in a rock-hard racecourse, the defending champion of the Downhill World Cup won the opening speed race in a very tight final beating Corinne Suter by a mere 0.04 seconds. It's Suter's 20th podium finish in the World Cup. Cornelia Huetter finished in thirdplace +0.06 seconds behind Goggia.
The 30-year-old Italian skier celebrated in Canada her 18th World Cup victory. “I'm happy with the result, but I'm not entirely happy with my performance. I don't have that good feeling on the track yet, I hope it will be better tomorrow. It will definitely be tight again", said Goggia. She celebrated her 4th win in a row in Lake Louise.
Of the last 21 downhill events at the Women's Alpine Ski World Cup, 18 have been won by Italian or Swiss skiers: nine by Sofia Goggia, five by Lara Gut-Behrami, two by Corinne Suter, one by Priska Nufer, and one by Elena Curtoni.
Sofia Goggia won nine of the last 13 World Cup Downhill events she participated in. The exceptions came in Zauchensee (DNF) on 15 January, Crans-Montana (12th, 3rd) on 26 and 27 February, and the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Courchevel-Meribel (12th).
With 13 wins, Sofia Goggia tops the ranking of victories in the Downhill World Cup among Italian women.
On the all-time women's list for most World Cup wins in this discipline, Goggia is tied with MarieTheres Nadig in seventh place.
Since the start of the 2018-2019 season, Olympic and World Champion Corinne Suter collected a record of 13 Downhill podiums in the women's World Cup.
Corinne Suter was so close to achieve the first women's downhill victory in Lake Louise in 30 years.
“It was very tight. I am very happy with my second place. There were two or three little mistakes I made today but when you go fast, these things happen. The next race is already tomorrow so I am looking forward to that”, said Suter.
Cornelia Huetter finished in third place. Today's podium is her 18th in the World Cup. The 30-year-old Austrian was on the podium in Lake Louise six times, five in the Downhill, including one win in 2017, and one in the Super-G.
“The last few years were not easy for me, I was more at home than on the slopes. So, I am super happy. It was just a few hundredths of a second, so it was perfect and super cool. I have to find some more speed for tomorrow. But it is nice to be back on the podium. I just want to stay injury-free, be healthy and just have fun and enjoy it”, said Huetter.