Saturday, December 17, 2016

Yes, Ilka Stuhec Also Wins Downhill in Val d'Isere

Third Downhill, third victory for Ilka Stuhec. After claim her third World Cup victory yesterday in the Alpine Combined Ilka Stuhec's domination in Downhill continues. The Slovenian wins the Val d'Isère Downhill with a winning time of 1:31.93 seconds.
Following Stuhec in second place (+0.28 sec) was Cornelia Hütter. It is the first podium for the Austrian Ladies Team this season.
Sofia Goggia (+0.32 sec) from Italy finished in third place. She has now finished on the podium six times in four separate disciplines this season.
The slope was a bumpy challenge for the racers. "Everyday, everyone is sliding through it", the Slovenian said. "It’s been the fourth day today that we’ve skied the course, and it’s always getting a bit wilder, I guess. I just tried to ski it the way I imagined it. It didn’t work out that way, but apparently, fast enough".
Cornelia Huetter now has ten World Cup podium finishes to her name, and this marked her first of the 2016-17 season. "It’s amazing", she shared. "The last weeks were not very good for me, and it’s hard to rehab again and find the speed from the last year. Today was not easy in my head, but at the end, it’s good".
The Austrian also commented that course was bumpier and felt a bit faster on Saturday. That combined with the fact that most of the course is in shadows meant athletes had to "stand forward to the ski and feel really self-confident".
Sofia Goggia repeated her performance from the alpine combined. The always humorous Italian jokingly requested that reporters not ask her how it feels to be on the podium so many times in a row because she would simply say, "It feels great". Instead of talking about her own strong performance, she mentioned the success of her team as there were four Italians in the top 10.
"I’m happy for them because I know they work hard", she shared. "They have also some physical problems, but we are downhill lions. It’s our hashtag, so today we can stay connected to this hashtag"
Goggia also has a friendly relationship with the day’s winner, and noted how hard Stuhec has worked to earn these downhill wins.
"Ilka is a really nice person, a nice girl who suffered also a lot of injuries on the knees, so we start from the same ground because we know what suffering means with all the trouble, physical, mental", the Italian explained. "…If she worked as hard as I did, she really deserved this".

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