Reigning Olympic champion Sofia Goggia of Italy received the primary downhill race of the ladies’s World Cup season by a whopping margin of almost 1 1/2 seconds on Friday, with Breezy Johnson second and her American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin again in twenty sixth.
Goggia dominated the course on a sunny afternoon with out wind, ending in 1 minute, 46.95 seconds for her ninth profession World Cup victory in downhill.
She was the self-discipline champion final season — accumulating 4 consecutive wins earlier than a proper knee harm in January pressured her to overlook the world championships — and at this level should be thought of the favourite to assert one other gold medal in Beijing when the Winter Video games begin there in two months.
Johnson, a 25-year-old from Wyoming, claimed a second-place displaying for the primary time in her World Cup profession by crossing the road in 1:48.42 — 1.47 seconds off Goggia’s tempo. She was third in every of the preliminary 4 downhill races of the 2020-21 season.
Mirjam Puchner of Austria was third Firday in 1:48.49.
World champion Corinne Suter was fifth.
Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup general champion, was the thirty first racer out of the beginning gate and ended up greater than 3 1/2 seconds behind Goggia.
Shiffrin started as a technical specialist however has more and more turn out to be a drive in pace occasions, too, and her first World Cup downhill win got here at Lake Louise in 2017.
There will probably be one other downhill on Saturday earlier than a super-G wraps up the cease in Lake Louise on Sunday.