The 28-year-old won yesterday in the first descent from Crans Montana, which was shortened due to strong winds, ahead of Czech Ester Ledecka. The American Breezy Johnson was once again third in front of the overall World Cup leader Petra Vlhova (Slovakia). Mirjam Puchner was the best Austrian as eighth. Her ÖSV team colleague Stephanie Venier survived a serious fall without injuries.
The descent had been postponed for several hours because of the fresh snow at night and then had to be interrupted for some time because of the wind after ten starters. The same thing was necessary after 20 riders, because Venier was lifted by a wave in a steep section and then fell violently into the safety nets, which had to be repaired.
According to initial diagnoses, the Tyrolean got away with abrasions on her face and went to the finish on her own skis. The fall was initially a great shock, as the ÖSV women have already lost two winning drivers to injuries this winter, Nicole Schmidhofer and Nina Ortlieb.
Although the descent became a 70-second sprint due to the postponement of the start, Goggia prevailed again. After finishing second at the start of the season in Val d ?? Isere, the Olympic champion then won Val d ?? Isere II, St. Anton and Crans Montana, making it the first Italian and first female runner since Lindsey Vonn 2018 to win three runs in a row. It was her tenth World Cup victory overall. Goggia is clearly ahead of Johnson in the Downhill World Cup, Tamara Tippler is fifth. A second downhill is on the program today, followed by a Super-G on Sunday.
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