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Olympic-ski champion Alpine Goggia wins in Lake Louise downhill

Alpine skiing: Women's Ski World Cup event at Lake Louise Audi FIS
December 3, 2021; Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN; Sofia Goggia of Italy competes in the women’s downhill race at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Lake Louise. Required credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

December 3, 2021

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) – Italy’s Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won the Women’s World Cup in Lake Louise on Friday against Breezy Johnson of the US and Mirjam Puchner of Austria.

Goggia, who last season won the downhill crystal ball for the second time, posted a time of one minute 46.95 seconds at the Canadian ski resort west of Calgary to win his ninth World Cup.

The 29-year-old, who had to pause last season due to a knee injury in January, is the first Italian woman since Elena Fanchini in 2005 to win the World Cup downhill at Lake Louise.

Johnson, who finished third in each of the opening four downhill races of the 2020-21 World Cup season, was 1.47 seconds behind Goggia while Austria’s Puchner finished third 1.54 second.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains the most recent American woman to win the downhill Lake Louise after her 2017 win, finished in 26th, 3.60 seconds away from the pace.

The women are expected to return Saturday for another downhill, followed by a super-G race on Sunday with suitable weather conditions.

Heavy snowfalls last week at Lake Louise wiped out two of the three men’s races at the World Cup.

(Reporting by Steve Keating; Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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