In 2019, after two top 10 finishes in training, 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 world when she won Super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. Today in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds. Stephanie Venier finished third (+0.45).
Nicole Schmidhofer, the 2018 winner of the two Downhills in Lake Louise, returned a year after to the top of the podium.
The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill of the season for the Ladies went down on December 7 at Lake Louise and saw Nicole Schmidhofer claiming the win, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.13) and Francesca Marsaglia (+0.43).
Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg won the Super-G event in 2019. The second and third steps of the podium are occupied by two athletes who conquered it for the first time in this discipline. The biggest threat to Rebensburg's win came from the back of the pack, the young Italian Nicol Delago, who skied into second from bib 31.
Behind Delago was Switzerland’s Corinne Suter, who followed up her Downhill podium with yet another podium in the Super-G.
Last season, Sofia Goggia won the Downhill crystal globe for a second time, after 2017-2018. She can become the first woman to win the Downhill globe in successive
seasons since Lindsey Vonn (2014-2015, 2015-2016).
The Italian finished on the podium in all five of her Downhill participations in the 2020-2021 World Cup. Goggia finished second in the first race in Val d'Isère, before recording four successive wins in Val d'Isère (2), St. Anton, and twice in Crans-Montana.
Sofia Goggia has claimed eight Downhill wins in the World Cup.
Lara Gut-Behrami has won the overall globe (2015-2016) and three Super-G globes (2013-2014, 2015-2016, and 2020-2021).
Gut-Behrami (32) is one shy of equalling Hanni Wenzel (33) in ninth place on the women's list for most World Cup wins.
The triple-medal winner in Cortina, -she won the world titles in the Super-G and Giant slalom and the bronze medal in the Downhill- has won the most Downhill races in the World Cup among active female skiers.
The Swiss skier is level with Maria Höfl-Riesch (both 11) in ninth place on the list for most women's World Cup downhill victories. Marie-Theres Nadig (13) and Isolde Kostner (12) are in seventh and eighth place respectively.