Ariane Radler (AUT)
And the Austrian Ariane Rädler starts a little faster than her predecessor. Just before the fish-net bend, she has to correct the direction a bit. In the Away case, the ÖSV runner takes a lot of speed, but lets herself be carried out too far in the following curve. The result is a gap of two tenths at the finish.
Joana Haehlen (SUI)
It starts just below the Tickety jump, so the Coaches’ Corner and the Fall Away including the Fish-Net curve just before it are taken along. Joana Hählen makes a mistake that at least doesn’t make any serious mistakes. You can certainly drive the whole thing a little more directly, but the first guideline time is still set: 1:21.95.
Incidentally, the course was set by the German coach. The conditions are a bit better than the last two days. Compared to yesterday the wind isn’t whistling as much and compared to Friday it has at least gotten a little warmer. But it’s still a crisp -17 degrees. The Swiss Joana Hählen opens!
Suter holds up the Swiss flag
Corinne Suter clinched two podium finishes in the first two descents. In the first race, the Swiss missed victory by just four hundredths. In the second race, she was about four tenths short, directly behind her was compatriot Joana Hählen in fourth place, just missing out on the podium. Today, eyes are also being focused a little more closely on Lara Gut-Behrami. Not quite as strong on the downhill, she was the best Swiss Super-G athlete of the past season. Michelle Gisin is looking to forget a poor ride from Friday and follow up on yesterday when she finished eighth.
Strong ÖSV season start
After a mixed last season, the Austrians were in good form at the beginning of the speed season, two athletes made it onto the podium: Hütter finished third on Friday, Ortlieb second yesterday. Despite two good performances, Mirjam Puchern missed the podium (fourth and fifth). With this, the ÖSV showed that the team is not only well positioned in terms of breadth, but can also compete for the top places. The athletes want to repeat that today – albeit in Super G.
DSV with low hopes
After Kira Weidle showed herself in good early form despite mistakes on the two downhill runs and at least placed in the top ten (7th) and just missed the top ten once (11th), the DSV athlete in the Super G traditionally pays off clearly fewer chances. For comparison: Weidle scored 224 points in the downhill rating last winter, and only 119 in the Super G. The German fans can be excited about Emma Aicher, after yesterday’s gratifying 21st place, the 19-year-old not only wants to continue to gain valuable experience , but prefer to finish in the points again.
Shiffrin and Mowinckel
Mikaela Shiffrin followed in third place in last season’s Super-G ranking; the slalom specialist copes a little better with the Super G, which is at least a bit more curvy, than on the downhill. Also among the favorites is Ragnhild Mowinckel, who was the fourth best Super-G athlete and achieved her first World Cup victory in this discipline at the World Cup final in Courchevel.
Like Goggia, the two fastest Super G riders of the past winter come from Italy: Federica Brignone picked up the small crystal globe, Elena Curtoni was the second fastest in the Super Gs of the past season. Together, the three Italians have six Super-G victories from a total of nine races last winter – so it’s clear which nation the favorites come from.
Goggia’s second Lake Louise triple?
Like yesterday, Sofia Goggia won both downhills in Lake Louise, Canada, last year. A year ago she even crowned the weekend with a victory in the Super G, so she won all three races. As the winter progressed, there was “only” one more victory in the Super G. The downhill specialist, fifth best in the last discipline ranking, is not the biggest favorite for the day’s win.
Good evening on the second Sunday in Advent and welcome to the first Super-G race of the season! After the two downhill races in Lake Louise, the Super G is coming up at the end of the speed weekend, starting at 7 p.m. Central European Time.