Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ilka Stuhec Wins Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia claim her 5th World Cup victory today in  Cortina d'Ampezzo. Sofia Goggia crossed the finished line 0.31 seconds behind. Joining them on the podium was Anna Veith 0.70 seconds back of the winner.
Stuhec selected bib 1 despite having the choice of three numbers in the draw the previous evening and had to watch every challenger come down and threaten her victory.
"I feel great", said Stuhec. "It was a great course and felt really, really good to ski so I'm definitely happy with the outcome. It was definitely stressful to stand here and watch everyone coming down, but it's part of the game. At the end, we need to ski fast and show our best no matter what course is set".
Sofia Goggia, meanwhile, was able to hit the reset button on her Super-G season after two previous disappointing performances, bit her run was not without a mishap where she nearly lost her line on the lower half of the track.
"It was not that easy coming from two DNFs in the last two Super-Gs, and I was happy when I crossed the finish line and saw I made another podium. It was really OK, even though my skiing performance was not pushing at 100 percent, but I think I skied from 75 to 80 percent of what I can do".
The surprise story of the day, of course, was Veith's third-place finish. who surprised herself on her comeback journey to score her first podium finish since the 2015 World Cup Finals giant slalom. Although she has posted fast splits in previous races, she has struggled to make it to the finish line.
"It's pretty emotional. When I came to the finish, I didn't expect that because I was seven-tenths behind and I didn't feel that it was that good of a run because it was very fast. I was fighting for a good position, and it wasn't so easy. Now, I'm pretty happy that all the work has paid off now and I'm on the right way. It's been pretty hard because I know that everybody knows how my skiing was before my injury and I'm not at that point now because my body isn't like how it was before. It was tough the last weeks because it was always fighting against myself. And today, I just wanted to ski fast and nothing more and I'm pretty happy that it paid off", said Veith.

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