Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl won the women’s downhill on home snow in Altenmarkt on Saturday, nabbing her first World Cup win in two years and only her second in the discipline.
The 2011 double world champion finished with 1min 47.45sec, a whopping 0.56sec ahead of fellow Austrian Anna Fenninger and 0.63sec ahead of Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
The 32-year-old had already signalled she was on her way back last month, narrowly missing the podium in Lake Louise and St. Moritz to finish fourth.
“I was nervous and it’s nice when everything works out without mistakes. It doesn’t happen to me that often,” the double Vancouver Olympic bronze medallist said.
Fenninger was fastest time in training and her second place is her best result in the discipline.
The 2011 combined world champion now takes the lead in the overall World Cup standings, overtaking Hoefl-Riesch.
“I took a lot of risks,” Fenninger said.
“I was a bit nervous in the start so I’m really glad it worked out.”
Just before she started, Italy’s Elena Fanchini had crashed after a jump, forcing a short pause. The 28-year-old however walked away without any apparent injuries.
Casualties on Saturday included Austria’s Cornelia Huetter who crashed after a jump, while Swiss skier Fraenzi Anfdenblatten failed to finish after missing a gate. Neither appeared injured.
The women will now race in the super-combined on Sunday — one of only two such events this World Cup season and the only one before the Olympics in Sochi next month.
The results are tallied from one super-G and one slalom run.