Corinne Suter ended Switzerland’s 32-year watch for a girls’s downhill world title on Saturday, profitable her fourth straight medal at a serious championship however the first gold.
“It is for certain an enormous step,” Suter stated from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy about her first gold. “I’m so, so comfortable as a result of all of the laborious work within the final years paid off at this time.”
Suter’s teammate Lara Intestine-Behrami led for many of her run, however two expensive errors noticed her drop to 3rd, incomes bronze in 1:34.64 after she had overwhelmed Suter to gold in Thursday’s super-G.
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Olympic super-G champion Ester Ledecka missed the rostrum by seven-hundredths in fourth.
Canada’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon clocked 1:35.49, 1.22 seconds behind Suter for thirteenth place following a sixth-place efficiency within the super-G on Thursday.
The highest favorite for gold, Sofia Goggia, missed the race after the Italian suffered a season-ending knee harm two weeks in the past.
Suter believed her second place within the worlds opener helped her imagine she might win gold in downhill two days later.
31-year title drought for Swiss
“I began with a silver medal in super-G. That was already wonderful for me. I all the time knew in downhill there are extra probabilities,” stated Suter, who’s a passionate horse rider when away from the slopes.
Suter, who received the season titles in each pace disciplines within the final World Cup season, turned the primary girls’s downhill world champion from Switzerland since Maria Walliser received in 1989.
Intestine-Behrami appeared on target for her second gold medal in two days when she led Suter by greater than three-tenths for many of her run.
Nonetheless, she got here off the race line an excessive amount of on two events and failed to hold sufficient pace into the ultimate part.
“The win for Corinne is properly deserved. She had an incredible run and he or she is likely one of the greatest skiers in downhill,” Intestine-Behrami stated.
Solely 31 racers took half as some huge names had been sitting out the occasion.
Aside from Goggia, Italians Federice Brignone and Marta Bassino additionally did not race, whereas Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova opted to coach for upcoming occasions.
Shiffrin was anticipated again in motion for the mixed occasion Monday.
The lads’s downhill is scheduled for Sunday.