Dec 4, 2021; Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN; Sofia Goggia of Italy competes during women’s downhill race at the Lake Louise Audi FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Lake Louise. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
December 4, 2021
By Steve Keating
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) – Italian Olympic champion Sofia Goggia swept the competition for a second straight day at Lake Louise on Saturday, winning the women’s Alpine World Cup downhill as American Breezy Johnson once again had to settle for second.
Goggia finished in one minute 48.42 seconds, slightly slower than her winning time on Friday but impressive nonetheless, with Johnson 0.84 seconds behind and Swiss Corinne Suter taking third in snowy and cloudy conditions at the Canadian ski resort.
“It’s really a joyful day,” said Goggia, who suffered a knee injury in January. “I think I made a really solid run… I knew the points in which I had to be really fast.”
It was Goggia’s sixth straight downhill victory, after the 29-year-old won the downhill crystal globe for a second time last season.
Twice Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, who won in 2017 at Lake Louise but finished 26th on Friday, put in another frustrating performance as she finished 3.44 seconds off the pace.
(Reporting by Steve Keating; Writing by Amy Tennery; Editing by Ken Ferris)