Third World Cup Win for Ragnhild Mowinckel in the Super-G at Cortina
Ragnhild Mowinckel won today's Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Norwegian edges Cornelia Huetter by +0.30 seconds. Marta Bassino finished in third place +0.47 seconds behind Mowinckel.
The 30-year-old put down a clean run on a difficult course set on the Olympia delle Tofane course to earn her third victory and her 11th podium in the World Cup. The 30-year-old Norwegian used her all-around skills – Mowinckel competes in Giant Slalom, Super-G and Downhill – to master both the technical midsection and the fastest lower section of the track.
It's her second win in the Super-G in the World Cup. Last season Mowinckel won the last Super-G at the Finals in Courchevel. Mowinckel is the first Norwegian female alpine skier to win multiple World Cup Super-G races. The other Super-G Norwegian winners were Merete Fjeldavlie (Vail, 1992) and Ingeborg Helen Marken (Kvitfjell, 1996).
"It's a bit weird 'cause I didn't feel as fast. I was genuinely surprised when I saw the time in the finish because I know it's a tight race, so I was super excited", Mowinckel said.
Ragnhild Mowinckel now leads the Super-G standings (272 points) ahead of Lara Gut-Behrami (242) and Federica Brignone (233).
This season the women's World Cup Super-G races have all been won by different skiers. This sequence started with Elena Curtoni's win Corinne Suter in Lake Louise, and continued with Mikaela Shiffrin in St. Moritz, Federica Brignone in St. Anton, and Lara Gut-Behrami in St. Anton (2).
Cornelia Huetter managed to keep her chances of victory in the technical midsection and then made up time in the faster lower section to finish second. It's Huetter's third podium of the season. She finished second in the Super-G, and third in the Downhill in Lake Louise. Today's podium is her 20th in the World Cup.
"It was a tough race. It was a fight from the top down, but then I got into it really well. Today I'm really proud because I went through with my plan and didn't let myself be taken out of it", Huetter said.
Giant slalom specialist Marta Bassino rounded out the podium after an impressive technical perfomance. Bassino has finished on the podium in a Super-G World Cup event on four occasions. Today he matched her best Super-G result this season, a third place in St. Anton am Arlberg on 15 January.
"It's amazing because I really like this slope and I really enjoy it, but I never ski very well actually in the past years", Bassino said.