Goggia was 0.41 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel and 0.44 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin. Venier was fifth and best ÖSV runner 0.63 seconds behind, second best Austrian was Ramona Siebenhofer (+1.07) in eleventh. Tamara Tippler (13./+1.34), Elisabeth Reisinger (16./+1.59), Mirjam Puchner (19./+1.66) and Vanessa Nussbaumer (20./+1.72) also sat down still stuck in the top 20.
Last Saturday in Zauchensee, Goggia was on her way to another downhill victory when she lost control of her skis and ended up in the net. She started the next day in the Super-G a bit damaged and had to settle for 19th place. Before her fall, the 29-year-old had won all three downhill runs this season. In similar top form, she was stopped last year by a fracture of the tibial plateau in her right knee and missed her home World Cup in Cortina.
Siebenhofer got a double three years ago
The two-time Cortina winner Siebenhofer is the Austrian with the best chances at the weekend. Three years ago, the Styrian won two downhill runs on the Tofana slope within 24 hours – her only World Cup victories to date. “I’ve tried a few things, there’s still a lot of room. I didn’t go to the limit,” she said after her ride. “I know I can be fast down there and that a good result can come out of it.”
Venier was last in the top ten of a World Cup run with time measurement (including training) on January 10, 2021, finishing ninth in the Super-G in St. Anton. On Friday, however, the Tyrolean made a goal error. She couldn’t answer how big her detour was. “I have to see that,” said the Vice World Champion from 2017 (St. Moritz). “But at times I developed a good feeling on the track. The Olympics are not on my mind at the moment, before that I have to be able to ski happily again.”
Tippler was satisfied with her training (“I think I know what I have to do tomorrow”) – in contrast to Puchner, who struggled. “I can’t get anything back from the slopes because it’s so choppy. I have to analyze it well.” Strong winds could become an issue on Saturday, according to forecasts peaks of up to 70 km/h are possible. The effects on the start time and routing were initially unclear.
Hütter probably in the Super-G
Cornelia Hütter and Ariane Rädler were not on the starting list again. But the Styrian Hütter was already on her way to the “Pearl of the Dolomites” on Friday. After a negative corona virus test and quarantine, she was allowed to start in the Super-G on Sunday (11.45 a.m., live on ORF1), according to the ÖSV. Rädler, on the other hand, does not meet the requirements and will miss the Super-G.
For both athletes it is true that they will probably be part of the Austrian Olympic squad regardless of the Cortina weekend. In general, if the test results are positive, it will be tight for those affected with an Olympic participation – especially at competition dates in the initial phase of the games. However, the women’s speed competitions don’t start until February 11 with the Super-G.
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