Berlin, 23 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Downhill season-dominator Sofia Goggia continued her magnficent form with a fourth consecutive World Cup win in the discipline on Saturday, this time edging out Lara Gut-Behrami in Crans Montana.
Goggia had already won Friday’s downhill in the Swiss venue which was shortened to the super-g start due to weather and repeated the feat over the whole course in 1 minute 27.75 seconds.
Home favourite Gut-Behrami was the only racer to get close to threatening the Italian, finishing 0.27 seconds behind, while third went to Goggia‘s compatriot Elena Curtoni, who was 6 tenths off the winner.
Another Italian, Laura Pirovana, was next to ensure Italy took three of the top four spots.
Olympic super-g champion Ester Ledecka had a heavy crash but the Czech indicated she was okay soon after.
Goggia, Olympic champion in downhill, now leads the discipline standings on 480 points with American Breezy Johnson, who finished fifth to end her run of downhill podiums, on 285.
With only three more downhill races this season, Goggia is well set to regain the small crystal for the discipline title she won in 2018.
Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova continues to lead the overall standings after finishing seventh. She has 861 points with Swiss Michelle Gisin trailing on 744 before a women’s super-g scheduled for the same venue on Sunday.
Organizers in Austria were forced to postpone the classic men’s downhill race in Kitzbuehel due to weather and slope conditions.
The jury and the local organizing committee made the decision together, the governing FIS tweeted, and later said the downhill would take place on Sunday with the scheduled super-g pushed to Monday.
On Friday a downhill was held on the legendary Streif course, replacing the downhill World Cup moved from Wengen in Switzerland due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Swiss Beat Feuz claimed victory in a race which was halted after 30 starters due to wind and overshadowed by heavy crashes from America’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Switzerland’s Urs Kryenbuehl.
Cochran-Siegle, who hit netting in the upper part of the course, escaped with a minor cervical fracture while Kryenbuehl, who crashed off the final jump, has concussion, a broken collarbone and torn cruciate ligament.