Christine Scheyer (AUT)
Then we’ll see what the 2017 winner does. The ÖSV athlete has not won another World Cup race since then. The current form does not allow a repeat of the success of exactly five years ago. The woman from Vorarlberg is struggling and ultimately crosses the finish line in seventh place.
Elena Curtoni (ITA)
Elena Curtoni has already won downhill races. That’s two years ago. How is the Italian’s form developing towards the Olympics? Already at the first timing it is missing properly. The 30-year-old strives for a technically clean ride and looks aggressive. Curtoni is not just fast. At the finish, she ranks eighth.
Jasmine Flury (SUI)
Then Jasmine Flury roars down the starting gun. The speed there is fine. But the first interim does not confirm that. The Swiss tries very hard for the line and doesn’t release the ski enough. The ski only runs properly at the bottom, but the gap is already too big there. Flury has to live with rank 6.
Miriam Puchner (AUT)
Of course, the podium is also an issue for Mirjam Puchner. The Salzburg native has already had that three times this winter, including the Super G. And of course that would be particularly good for her at home. All the track knowledge does not help the 29-year-old. A mistake costs time and momentum early on. The best time is out of reach. What else can be saved? No, that’s not working. The gap is approaching two seconds, which is only 8th place.
Marie Michele Gagnon (CAN)
Is it even possible to drive faster than Lara Gut-Behrami? That seems difficult to imagine. Marie-Michèle Gagnon is unable to do that. There is no lack of will and aggressiveness, the Canadian tries everything. At the finish, she missed the podium by 24 hundredths in fourth place.
Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)
That should be enough for the podium for Kira Weidle today. Will it possibly be more? Maybe Lara Gut-Behrami will decide about that. What does the Ticino look like after her corona infection? At the top, the third place in the World Championships is practically level and the skis run very well. The Swiss manages a very clean ride. She gets through almost without a mistake and finishes at the bottom by a tenth. Guide!
Nicol Delago (ITA)
We also have to watch out for Nicol Delago, because the Italian was second here two years ago. But even the 26-year-old doesn’t seem to be counting on the enormous speed, but doesn’t get the dramatic difficulties that Corinne Suter just had. She allows herself the big mistake later, because the line doesn’t fit, Delago has to set the ski hard in the panorama curve. The woman from Val Gardena loses more than a second – 4th place!
Corinne Suter (SUI)
But now Kira Weidle has to tremble for her place in the sun, because the winner of 2020 starts. In fact, it’s included at the top. Today’s very high speeds surprise the world champion a little. She artistically avoids falling. This error costs – and can no longer be repaired. no matter how hard the Swiss fights, she cannot get past 3rd place.
Petra Vlhova (SVK)
Among the technicians, Petra Vlhová is also at the start today, while Mikaela Shiffrin is absent this weekend. The currently best slalom skier contests her first descent of the season and might want to pick up a few points here. Of course, the Slovakian isn’t going to fight for victory. The 26-year-old catches a deficit of more than two seconds and takes over the red lantern.
The race is still interrupted. Sofia Goggia just risked too much. In her class, it would probably not be necessary to dare so much. At least that’s easy. The 29-year-old gets back on her skis and is now sliding down the valley.
Sofia Goggia (ITA)
Now we’re going to find out what Kira Weidle’s best time is worth. Just above, Sofia Goggia is flashed at the highest speed. And the Olympic champion takes risks. The Italian is already four tenths ahead. But then! Goggia falls in compression, can’t withstand the pressure, the inner ski grabs and it’s off into the safety net. After the rapid fall, she quickly pulls herself together, gives a thumbs up and probably hasn’t injured herself seriously.
Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)
It takes just about four seconds from the start for the women to reach 100 kilometers per hour. It’s that steep up there. Ragnhild Mowinckel drives clean at first, but is still a good four tenths behind. As much as the 29-year-old tries, it can no longer be made up for. Then it packs a punch. Mowinckel doesn’t catch the line cleanly. When jumping, she is not in a good position. These minor mistakes cost time – Rank 3!
Kira Weidle (GER)
As the only German, Kira Weidle is now on the way. The woman from Starnberg seems active and wide awake. The Vice World Champion is ahead of the first time measurements. The DSV athlete masters the technical difficulties well. And below, Weidle is still increasing, getting 34 hundredths ahead of Siebenhofer.
Priska Nufer (SUI)
Afterwards, Priska Nufer tries to invest in the line. The distances are probably a bit too far, time is lost. Even in the technically demanding part, the Swiss does not stand optimally over the ski, so she has her difficulties. The 29-year-old loses continuously. Almost one and a half seconds are missing at the finish.
Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT)
Now the descent begins in Zauchensee. Ramona Siebenhofer pushes herself into the steep starting shot. Speed is picked up quickly. After a few meters it is already more than 100 kilometers per hour. It looks clean at first. But soon it gets shady. The entire lower part of the route is not reached by the sun. Siebenhofe also masters this well and sets the first time.
Actually, victory in the downhill is currently only possible via Sofia Goggia (start number 5). The Italian has won all three races of the season in this discipline – ahead of Breezy Johnson, who is always second. However, the American is missing due to a knee injury. Together with Mirjam Puchner and Corinne Suter, the group of favorites has already been named. But of course we are open to surprises.
The first of nine Swiss women is Priska Nufer (start number 2). However, the greatest hopes are associated with Corinne Suter (7). The world champion triumphed here two years ago. Lara Gut-Behrami (9), third at the World Championships, is always to be expected. Jasmine Flury can also build on a good starting number (11). In addition to Joanna Hählen (25) and Jasmina Suter (30), Wendy Holdener (31) is also taking part in the downhill today.
With a stately eleven women, the ÖSV is in a field of just 48 people. Ramona Siebenhofer (start number 1) will open the competition. We believe Mirjam Puchner (11), third from Lake Louise and Val d’Isère, has the best chances. Christine Scheyer (14), who won here in 2017, has fond memories of Zauchensee. She follows Tamara Tippler (15). We end the list with Stephanie Venier (20). We will dedicate ourselves to the other Austrians in the course of the race.
Lone warrior Weidle
The only German this weekend in Zauchensee is Kira Weidle (car number 3). Apart from two top 10 finishes in Lake Louise, the Starnberg native is still waiting for top results this winter. Can the vice world champion show an upward trend towards the Olympics today?
A 3,005 meter long slope called “Kälberloch” awaits the athletes as a challenge. The start is on the Gamskogel at 2,176 meters. From there, the course set by Jean-Philippe Vulliet shows the way over 796 meters to the finish. The FIS race director scored 42 goals.
The alpine ski entourage is currently located in the center of the Austrian state of Salzburg, almost 90 kilometers south-east of the state capital. A district of the market town of Altenmarkt im Pongau bears the name Zauchensee. The valley station of the ski paradise there is at 1,350 meters.
Welcome to the women’s alpine ski weekend in Zauchensee! The speed riders are in demand on these two days. Today we start with a descent that is scheduled to start at 10:45 am.