LAKE LOUISE, Alta. (AP) — Italy’s Sofia Goggia won the first women’s downhill World Cup of the season Friday in Lake Louise by fending off Olympic champion Corinne Suter of Switzerland.
The ninth runner to complete the course, Goggia finished in a time of 1 minute, 47.81 seconds, which edged Suter by 0.04 seconds. Cornelia Huetter of Austria finished third for her 18th World Cup podium.
Goggia is chasing a third straight World Cup downhill globe this season. It would make her the first woman to win three consecutive downhill World Cup titles since Lindsey Vonn won six in a row from 2007-08 to 2012-13.
Goggia, 30, won a silver medal in the downhill at the Beijing Olympics in February despite a bad knee. Goggia was 0.16 seconds off Suter’s winning time that day.
Goggia is also off to another fast start to the season; she won the first three women’s downhill events last season, including two at Lake Louise. In the end, Goggia took four victories in nine downhill events.
Other winners from last season were Lara Gut-Behrami, Suter, Ester Ledecká, Priska Nufer and Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin skipped the Lake Louise sprint races this weekend in order to train for the technical events. Shiffrin has 76 World Cup victories, behind only Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86).
Ledecká, who also competes in snowboarding events, is absent from early season competitions to repair a collarbone injury.
Isabella Wright was the top American in 13th place. Breezy Johnson finished tied for 16th in her return to racing after a knee injury that kept her out of the Beijing Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia made a strong charge starting 28th in the race and finishing fifth overall.
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