Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first race of the season since her comeback from an ankle injury which caused her to miss the start of the season. However, Goggia didn’t let that stop her, winning the ladies’ downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sofia Goggia clocked in at one minute, 29.77 seconds. Joana Haehlen came in second place, 0.36 seconds behind the Italian. Haehlen unfortunately missed out on the typical finish line issue, due to timekeeping issues that didn’t make her run time immediately available. Nicole Schmidhofer had ‘unofficially’ rounded up the top three, while officials had to check and verify the race times for athletes who were affected by the timekeeping issues. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami was unofficially in fourth place prior to the check, however after officials made their verifications, Gut-Behrami was then confirmed as the final podium athlete in third place, while Schmidhofer was verified in fourth place.…
In light of Mikaela Shiffrin’s massive win in Sweden this week – her 14th World Cup win of the season – everyone has been raving about Shiffrin’s dominance in the skiing sport right now. With her win on Tuesday being her 14th victory this season, she is currently tied with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider’s 1989 record of winning the most wins within a single season!
Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber won his tenth World Cup victory this season, beating out Finland’s IIkka Herola in Klingenthal by 0.5 seconds. The race, which was held on Sunday, still went underway, despite snowy and stormy weather conditions. However, jumping was not possible in these conditions, which meant Friday’s (February 1st) provisional competition jumps had to be used instead).
It’s been a great season for Maren Lundby, winning her fifth gold in a row on Sunday! The Olympic champion made winning jumps of 90.0 and 88.5 to finish with a total of 250.8 points. Japanese skier, Sara Takanashi came in second with jumps of 88m and 89m with a final score of 241.2 points. Germany’s Katharina Althaus took third place with 121 points.
We’ve seen many skiers step up their game this season, and Nicole Schmidhofer is just one of them! She was the female World Champion in super-G in 2017, but hadn’t won a World Cup race in the discipline, that is, until Saturday’s race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Austrian skier Stephanie Venier claimed her first World-Cup win of her career on Sunday’s downhill event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. She had made the podium on the circuit three times previously, but never won. This race was all hers!