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Goetschl wins on Olympic course with Dorfmeister's old skis

Goetschl wins on Olympic course with Dorfmeister's old skis

Michaela Dorfmeister retired last season after winning the downhill and super-G at the Turin Olympics.
Her skis are still winning.
Renate Goetschl picked up Dorfmeister's old Atomics this season and guided them to victory in a World Cup super-G Friday on the same winning course for Dorfmeister at the Olympics.
"You really have to have fast skis here and not make any mistakes," Goetschl said. "You have to find a really straight line."
The Fraiteve Olympique course is wider than most speed courses and contains fewer turns. Because it is so straightforward, the margin of victory is usually very small, putting a priority on equipment.
Goetschl won in 1 minute, 24.90 seconds for her third win in four super-G races this season and the 43rd victory of her World Cup career. She has also two downhill wins this season.
Last season, Goetschl won only one race _ the downhill in Cortina. The next day, she was injured in a giant slalom.
After undergoing surgery to repair a recurring right knee problem at the end of last season, Goetschl was not sure she wanted to continue.
"Last year was difficult for sure," Goetschl said, "A lot of bad things and when you have one bad thing after another there is no way out. I was considering quitting. But then I switched a few things _ I went to Atomic _ and decided to come back for another year or two.
"I'm having a lot of fun right now," she added.
Lindsey Kildow of the United States was second, 0.09 seconds behind. She had crashed in downhill training at the Olympics.
"It just gives me confidence that I could have done it, and today I did," Kildow said. "I wanted to prove something to myself on this hill."
Kildow was faster than Goetschl at the first two checkpoints, but lost speed on the bottom section of the course.
"I think Renate pretty much had a perfect run," Kildow said. "She's a veteran in speed. She knows what to do and when to do it."
Kildow wasn't chalking up Goetschl's win to equipment alone.
"Maybe it has got something to do with it. But I don't think it was my skis that made the difference. I think I could have skied faster," said Kildow, who uses Rossignols. "I have an awesome service man _ Niclas Cronsell, who used to work with Pernilla Wiberg. I feel really comfortable about my equipment."
Christine Sponring of Austria was third, 0.90 out, for only the second podium of her career.
Sponring finished second in a slalom in Copper Mountain, Colorado, five seasons ago and won the silver medal in combined at the 2001 World Championships. Since then, she's had a series of severe injuries and now focuses on speed events because they put less strain on her legs than slalom.
Julia Mancuso of the United States finished eighth, ending her streak of five straight podiums.
"I don't know how to be that much faster. I tucked my heart out," Mancuso said.
Mancuso still picked up points on the two women ahead of her _ Austria's Marlies Schild and Nicole Hosp _ in the overall World Cup standings.
Hosp finished 11th and Schild was 18th.
Schild leads the overall standings with 894 points, Hosp is second with 852 and Mancuso is third with 826. Goetschl is fourth with 821 points.
Hosp said she will skip Saturday's downhill to rest. Mancuso was looking forward to the next race.
"I think the downhill is better for me here because there is a little more speed," Mancuso said.
Goetschl holds a 140-point lead in the discipline standings over Hosp with three super-Gs remaining.
Goetschl also improved her third-place standing on the career victories list. She trails only Annemarie Moser-Proell (62 wins) and Vreni Schneider (55).
Friday's race was moved from Altenmarkt due to poor weather in the Austrian resort earlier this month.
A downhill is scheduled for Saturday, followed by another super-G on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-06-15 08:04 GMT+08:00