alpine Skiing CM (Women)
If the Italian Federica Brignogne won Saturday’s downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, the good surprise came from the fourth place of the French Tiffany Gauthier.
Tiffany Gauthier in the finish area of the downhill austrian. (L. Foeger/Reuters)
It was already six weeks since the last descent of women had taken place, to Lake Louise. So it was a refresher course offered by Saturday, the one of Bad Kleinkirchheim, while the snow had passed under the gantry. A situation of even more open that the man-eater, Mikaela Shiffrin, winning the previous descent in Canada, and Viktoria Rebensburg, sick, were not in Austria. The one that has the best advantage was Federica Brignone, who was already the only one to have interrupted the domination of Shiffrin the last four weeks in light of his victory in the giant Lienz on 29 December.
To get its sixth victory in the world Cup, but the first descent, Federica Brignone has made the difference in the second half of a descent, one that was the most deteriorated and was in need of several interruptions. With a time of 1’09″80, it has moved ahead of the Swiss racer Lara Gut, who has lost a stick a few doors before the arrival, of 18 cents and 46 the Austrian Cornelia Huetter. Victorious in December of the first downhill in Lake Louise, the latter takes the lead of the world Cup of the discipline.
Second Top 10 for Gauthier
In the French camp, if Tessa Worley was ranked 18th in 2″29, the good surprise is coming in Carinthia in the fourth place, Tiffany Gauthier, 24, 86 one-hundredths of Brignone. Very well part on the top with a slight fall in the final, she scored her second Top 10 in the world Cup (after a 10th place in super-G last season at Crans-Montana) and beat the skiers referred to as Tina Weirather (7th), Lindsey Vonn (9), Sofia Goggia (10th) and Michelle Gisin (14th). Two other French have finished in the Top 25, Laura Left (21st to 2″37) and Romane Miradoli (23rd to 2″64).