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Goetschl dominating speed races

Goetschl dominating speed races

With Janica Kostelic taking the season off and Anja Paerson struggling to regain her form following knee surgery, there are a handful of skiers challenging for the overall World Cup title.
In the speed disciplines, though, one skier is dominating.
Renate Goetschl won her third straight downhill Saturday and moved atop the overall World Cup standings. She also leads the downhill and super-G rankings.
It was the 44th World Cup win of Goetschl's career and sixth this season, evenly split between three downhills and three super-Gs.
"It's fun to watch her. She's on another planet," U.S. head coach Patrick Riml said. "But our girls are right in there, too."
Goetschl dominated the race from start to finish and led an all-Austrian podium. She skied the course used for last year's Turin Olympics in 1 minute, 51.65 seconds.
Elisabeth Goergl was second, 1.17 seconds behind, for the best downhill result of her career. Maria Holaus was third, 1.35 seconds back, for her first podium finish.
Lindsey Kildow was fourth and American teammate Julia Mancuso was fifth.
It was the second win in two days for Goetschl, who won a super-G on Friday, and she said her skis felt like "rockets."
"I can ski here really relaxed. I didn't think a lot. When I have a little problem, I don't worry about it," Goetschl said.
Goetschl moved up from fourth in the overall standings and now leads with 921 points. Marlies Schild, who finished 12th, dropped down to second with 916 points. Mancuso is third with 871 points.
Goetschl doesn't expect to win the overall, though. She excels only in downhill and super-G.
"It's not on my mind, because I know I have to win every race," she said. "I think for the overall you need three or four disciplines."
Goetschl won the overall title seven years ago.
"The super-G and downhill globes were my goals for this season. Everything else is extra," she said.
It was the first time in six races that neither Kildow nor Mancuso finished on the podium, but Riml wasn't too disappointed.
"It's a pretty good result for Lindsey and Jules. In these last speed races, and over the last month, we've started to expect them to be on the podium every race, but this was a good one for both of them," Riml said.
Kildow had a bad crash on this course in downhill training at the Olympics, and was second in Friday's downhill.
"I skied well and I feel good about my skiing," Kildow said. "This raced a lot differently than in the training run. It was totally different snow."
Mancuso said she took too many risks.
"I was charging really hard and I think I took it a little too straight in certain sections," she said. "I was pushing the limit."
Conditions were near perfect, with sunny skies and the temperature at freezing.
Still, several skiers struggled to keep their line and skied off course, including Alexandra Meissnitzer, Ingrid Jacquemod, Nadia and Elena Fanchini and Emily Brydon.
Goetschl will again be the favorite in another super-G Sunday, the final race before the World Championships begin in Are, Sweden next week.
"She's definitely skiing well, but she's not unbeatable," Kildow said of Goetschl. "I think Jules and I can take her."


Updated : 2021-05-06 14:47 GMT+08:00