FIS Ladies Alpine World Cup held in Cortina
Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria had skied the fastest downhill training runs on numerous occasions and had two podium finishes to her name, but she had yet to win a World Cup race until Friday in Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA) where she bested Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia by a decisive 0.40 seconds in the opening downhill at the resort. The race replaced the cancelled downhill from St. Anton (AUT).
Organisers were forced to lower the start to the top of Tofana in the morning due to overnight snowfall. But the incredible scenery and athletic performances proved noteworthy for spectators both on site and those viewing on TV.
Siebenhofer's teammate Stephanie Venier skied to her first podium of the season in third place, just 0.06 seconds from Stuhec. But Stuhec's solid performance in second helped the Slovenian skier on the return from last season's injury to make a push for the season standings lead. She now sits only 10 points behind downhill standings leader Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) who won both races at the speed opener in Lake Louise. Siebenhofer, meanwhile, is third in the standings at 28 points behind her teammate.
Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria claimed back-to-back victories in Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA) as the first woman ever to win two downhills on the Olimpia delle Tofane in the same winter. Prior to Friday, Siebenhofer had two career podiums (both third place) to her name. She doubled her podium tally in two days and also claimed the first wins of her career.
She was joined on the podium by her teammate and downhill standings leader Nicole Schmidhofer, who won back-to-back downhill races earlier this winter in Lake Louise. Schmidhofer was a very slim 0.04 seconds away from the win herself. In consecutive days, two Austrian skiers have shared the podium. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia, who finished second on Friday, could not be denied a celebration of her own with a third-place finish at 0.51 seconds off the lead.
Mikaela Shiffrin maintained her perfect record in super-G races entered in the 2018/19 season on Sunday as she claimed her third victory in the discipline at Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA). The World Cup Overall leader skipped the Val Gardena/Gröden race but has accumulated 300 points in all other super-Gs contested thus far and holds the discipline standings lead as well.
The American bested Tina Weirather by 0.16 seconds as the Liechtensteiner picked up her third podium finish of the winter. Austria's Tamara Tippler, who last stood on a World Cup podium in 2016, rounded out the top three in third place.