Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lara Gut Takes Victory in Cortina Downhill

Lara Gut raced to her career 23th World Cup victory today. Gut timed 1:37.01 down the Olympia delle Tofane course in the majestic Italian Dolomites to lead Italy’s Sofia Goggia by 0.05 and Slovenian's Ilka Stuhec by 0.47 seconds.
The Olimpia delle Tofane slope in Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the most spectacular settings on the World Cup, surrounded by the jagged Dolomites and atop a gorgeous town.
Swiss Lara Gut claimed her first downhill victory of the season and seventh of her career at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, propelling her to within 30 points of Mikaela Shiffrin in the race for the overall title.
"The top wasn't really clean and I didn't trust myself to push 100 percent on the skis, so after the second split I really had the feeling that I had to change something. I tried to ski a little bit smoother and it worked out. I'm happy. I knew that if I did what I can, I could be really fast", Gut said with a smile.
Runner-up Sofia Goggia was fighting to get back on the podium streak she started early in the season.
"I think I made a great performance today in the downhill. I'm pretty happy with my skiing but still a little bittersweet for the last interval. But still, it's really OK. I'm trying to push every race close to my limits. It's ok when you try and fail, the important thing is not to lose the confidence you have earned during the season", Goggia reflected.
Downhill standings leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia also recorded a podium result for the first time since December in Val d’Isere.
"My run felt OK, not perfect, because I know that I made some mistakes and lost some time. That's why I'm not winning, I guess. But for sure, it's a beautiful day to ski. And here is always very, very nice because we've done two trainings and a race and there is no track in the snow – no nothing – so it is perfect, and I love it", Stuhec said.

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