Nicole Schmidhofer secures her first World Cup super-G win

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.

This victory marks her third win, and fifth podium of the season.

While the day started off with heavy snowfall, the race charged on without a hitch. The track was in good condition for the skiers, despite the bad weather earlier in the morning.

The Austrian beat Italy’s Sofia Goggia by 0.23 seconds to take out her World Cup win. Goggia, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal in 2018 had to sit on the sidelines earlier this season due to a broken ankle she suffered earlier in the season. The Italian skier was unsure that she would even take part in the super-G race in Garmisch. However, after testing her ankle in the downhill training runs, she decided to race in the super-G. It was all worth it, as her decision to take part resulted in her securing her first podium finish of 2019. 

Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami came in third, followed by Federica Brignone, and France’s Miradoli. Liechtensteiner’s Tina Weirather finished in eighth place.

We’ve still got a number of exciting events coming up in the World Cup. However some skiers are taking a break from this weekend’s races. American Lindsey Vonn is skipping this weekend to give her knee injury a chance to recover. Her teammate, and current leader in the World Cup’s standings, Mikaela Shiffrin will also be taking a break for the week.

Shiffrin plans to return in Maribor, Slovenia, next weekend, before the world championships in Arė kick off.

For the full results head to the FIS-SKI results page.

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