Since the start of 2017, seven different women have won downhill World Cup races – Christine Scheyer, Lindsey Vonn, Lara Gut, Sofia Goggia, Ilka Stuhec, Cornelia Huetter and Mikaela Shiffrin. On any given day, there are multiple contenders for the top spot unlike in tech events where Shiffrin is almost always expected to win these days. On Friday, it was Goggia’s turn again. The Italian won her second downhill in a row and became the first woman to win back-to-back downhill races since Stuhec in Dec. 2016. The Italian fireball knifed her way down the Cortina d’Ampezzo track, skiing to victory with a final time of 1:36.45.

“I truly love Cortina, and I loved it also two years ago when I was like 20th,” Goggia said. “It’s my favorite place, my favorite slope as I already said. It is a complete slope. You have everything: big turns, downhill turns, flat jumps, chutes. So, it’s really complete and it’s always so well prepared.”

While Goggia celebrated her win in front of a home crowd, her American competitors celebrated second- and third-place results as well as the end of a storied carer. Legendary American athlete Julia Mancuso announced her retirement as Shiffrin–the 22-year-old multi-event threat–grabbed her third downhill podium result along with teammate Lindsey Vonn.

Historically, Vonn has dominated on the Cortina track, earning 11 of her 78 total World Cup wins there. On this day, she fell 0.47 seconds short after hitting a bump in the track that sent her outside of the line, causing her to scrub speed. Even still, the American was able to save the run and ski to into the top three.

“I lost the win, but I still got second place, which is, I think, pretty outstanding all things considered and I know I have the speed,” Vonn shared. “I know I’m skiing well, so tomorrow is another chance, another opportunity. Hopefully, I won’t be caught by that rut tomorrow.”

Image Credit: GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Shiffin rounded out the podium, 0.84 seconds off of Goggia’s pace. The Burke Mountain Academy alumna seems to have found a new gear in speed this season, using it to expand on her already stunning lead in the overall standings.

The dominant tech skier totals 1441 points–nearly 900 points ahead of her closest rival Goggia, who has 570 points. She also currently leads the slalom and giant slalom standings. However, Shiffrin has not retaken the lead in the downhill standings. Goggia now wears the red bib heading into Saturday’s downhill race.

Beyond the podium, there were a mix of emotions for the American contingent in the Italian alps. This weekend is the last opportunity for the ladies’ to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, making the World Cup competition that much more intense.  Jacqueline Wiles and Alice Mckennis had strong performances, earning seventh and 11th place, respectively. Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook and Breezy Johnson all skied to World Cup points in 17th, 20th, and 22nd, respectively. Alice Merryweather did not finish.

For Mancuso, her run down the track was a well-deserved victory lap. In a full-on “Super Jules” hero costume, she skied down to her teammates at the finish line where she was greeted with hugs and champagne showers.

“It’s been an emotional ride not having a body that can perform how you want, so mentally it’s been really tough, but on the bittersweet side, I feel so incredibly grateful to have had such an amazing career…Looking back I have no regrets,” she shared.

Image Credit: GEPA / Andreas Pranter

While the four-time Olympic medalist told SRF that she had cried enough over the last couple days, she tried to hold back tears. Meanwhile, Vonn broke down in the finish area and throughout interviews all afternoon as she talked about her longtime competitor.

“It’s been a pretty emotional afternoon,” Vonn said. “I’m going to try to keep it together. I think I’ve been crying more than she has today. I’ve been racing with her, skiing with her since we were like nine years old. We went to ski camps at Erich Sailer. We went to Whistler Cup. We basically climbed the ladder of ski racing together, and it’s really sad to see her go because it’s like a part of me, our career together. She always pushed me. I think the two of us, we pushed each other, and we both reached higher levels of the sport because we had each other.”

The two athletes have competed for decades and pushed each other to new speeds. They have had their differences over the years because as Vonn put it: “We are very different people.” However, the tension has dissipated with age, and the two seem to have found a mutual respect.

Mancuso will still be a part of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in a new role with NBC. World Cup racing continues on without her on Saturday with a second downhill race followed by a super-G on Sunday.


Top 10

  1. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Lindsey Vonn (USA) – Head/Head/Head
  3. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Raghnild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Jacqueline Wiles (USA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  8. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  9. Kira Weidle (GER) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  10. Johanna Scharf (ITA) –  Fischer / Fischer / Fischer

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  7  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:36.45  0.00  100
 2  13  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:36.92  +0.47  6.09  80
 3  10  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:37.29  +0.84  10.89  60
 4  19  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:37.38  +0.93  12.05  50
 5  6  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:37.44  +0.99  12.83  45
 6  14  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:37.54  +1.09  14.13  40
 7  12  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:37.58  +1.13  14.64  36
 8  11  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:37.70  +1.25  16.20  32
 9  28  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:37.92  +1.47  19.05  29
 10  16  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:38.09  +1.64  21.25  26
 11  21  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:38.27  +1.82  23.59  24
 12  20  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:38.29  +1.84  23.85  22
 13  17  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  1:38.30  +1.85  23.98  20
 14  26  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:38.37  +1.92  24.88  18
 15  2  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI  1:38.46  +2.01  26.05  16
 16  9  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:38.47  +2.02  26.18  15
 17  18  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:38.49  +2.04  26.44  14
 17  5  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:38.49  +2.04  26.44  14
 19  15  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:38.55  +2.10  27.22  12
 20  8  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:38.71  +2.26  29.29  11
 21  22  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:38.84  +2.39  30.97  10
 22  27  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:38.88  +2.43  31.49  9
 23  23  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:38.90  +2.45  31.75  8
 24  29  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:38.96  +2.51  32.53  7
 25  38  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:39.15  +2.70  34.99  6
 26  34  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:39.28  +2.83  36.68  5
 27  46  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:39.34  +2.89  37.45  4
 28  36  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:39.56  +3.11  40.31  3
 29  24  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:39.58  +3.13  40.57  2
 30  25  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:39.62  +3.17  41.08  1
 31  41  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:40.16  +3.71  48.08  0
 32  33  56258 AGER Christina 1995 AUT  1:40.60  +4.15  53.78  0
 33  37  56336 DENGSCHERZ Dajana 1996 AUT  1:40.71  +4.26  55.21  0
 34  39  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:41.31  +4.86  62.99  0
 35  32  299624 PIROVANO Laura 1997 ITA  1:41.70  +5.25  68.04  0
 36  48  45331 SMALL Greta 1995 AUS  1:42.17  +5.72  74.13  0
 37  44  298767 SOSIO Federica 1994 ITA  1:42.25  +5.80  75.17  0
 38  50  107387 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN  1:44.22  +7.77  100.70  0
 39  51  465098 CAILL Ania Monica 1995 ROU  1:44.55  +8.10  104.98  0
 40  52  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK  1:48.21  +11.76  152.41  0
 41  31  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:54.64  +18.19  235.74  0
Did not finish 1st run
 49  25194 PALLAS Carmina 1996 AND  0
 47  506718 IVARSSON Lin 1996 SWE  0
 45  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  0
 43  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  0
 40  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  0
 35  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  0
 30  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  0
 4  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  0
 3  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  0
 1  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  0
Did not start 1st run
 42  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  0
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