After two top 10 finishes in training earlier this week, Ester Ledecka finally locked in her line to overcome snowy, bumpy course conditions and win her first-ever World Cup.
In 2018, the Czech snowboarder turned alpine ski racer surprised the field when she won super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. On Friday in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds.
Stephanie Venier led the Austrian women with a third-place podium finish. Overall the Austrians had six women in the top 15.
The best finish of the day for the Americans went to Mikaela Shiffrin, who closed out the top of the field in 10th, 0.96 seconds back from Ledecka. Other Americans to finish in the top 30 were Alice Merryweather, who tied Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather for 21st. Alice McKennis finished 27th.
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Downhill Day 1 Top 10
- 1. Ester Ledecka (CZE) – 1:31.87
- 2. Corinne Suter (SUI): +0.35
- 3. Stephanie Venier (AUT): +0.45
- 4. Nina Ortlieb (AUT): +0.66
- 4. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER): +0.66
- 6. Sofia Goggia (ITA): +0.69
- 7. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT): +0.74
- 8. Kira Weidle (GER): +0.82
- 9. Nicol Delago (ITA): +0.94
- 10. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA): +0.96
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