Goetschl wins again, moves atop standings
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
SAN SICARIO, Italy – Renate Goetschl won her third straight downhill Saturday and moved atop the overall World Cup standings.
It was the second win in two days for Goetschl, who won a super-G on Friday, and she said her skis felt like “rockets.”
“I can ski here really relaxed. I didn’t think a lot. When I have a little problem, I don’t worry about it,” Goetschl said.
Goetschl dominated the race from start to finish and led an all-Austrian podium. She skied the course used for last year’s Turin Olympics in 1 minute, 51.65 seconds.
Elisabeth Goergl was second, 1.17 seconds behind, and Maria Holaus was third, 1.35 seconds back, for her first podium finish.
Lindsey Kildow was fourth and American teammate Julia Mancuso was fifth.
Goetschl moved up from fourth in the overall standings and now leads with 921 points. Marlies Schild, who finished 12th, dropped down to second with 916 points. Mancuso is third with 871 points.
“It’s not on my mind, because I know I have to win every race,” said Goetschl, who excels only in downhill and super-G. “I think for the overall you need three or four disciplines.”
Goetschl won the overall title seven years ago.
“The super-G and downhill globes were my goals for this season. Everything else is extra,” she said.
Goetschl also has a 134-point lead over Mancuso in the downhill standings. Her last two victories in downhill came in Altenmarkt, Austria and Cortina the past two weekends.
Goergl recorded the best result of her career in downhill and her best finish this season.
Holaus was skiing only the fourth World Cup race of her career, and second downhill. In her first race, the downhill in Altenmarkt, she finished fourth.
In Friday’s super-G, she was the only skier faster than Goetschl at the second split _ but then fell.
“It’s a big surprise,” Holaus said. “I like downhill and super-G and GS. Right now, I’m best in downhill.”
Holaus isn’t sure of a spot on Austria’s team for the World Championships, which begin in Are, Sweden next week.
“I think I’ll fly to Are and then the (coaches) will select,” she said.
Conditions were near perfect, with sunny skies and the temperature at freezing.
Despite the good conditions, several skiers struggled to keep their line and skied off course, including Alexandra Meissnitzer, Ingrid Jacquemod, Nadia and Elena Fanchini and Emily Brydon.
This wasn’t my best work. I still stand by my original picks to win each of the snowboard contests at X Games Aspen 2023, but fate chose poorly. The main lesson? Don’t pick against Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland or Scotty James, unless you have a very good reason.