Skiing

Ester Ledecká speeds to maiden World Cup win in Lake Louise Downhill

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Written by François Thomazeau
Two-time snowboard world champion and Olympic Super-G gold medallist Ledecká proved a crossover hit once again in the first Downhill of the FIS World Cup season at Lake Louise, Canada.
A shock Super-G Olympic champion in Pyeongchang in 2018, Ester Ledecká proved she's far more than a one-hit wonder when she dominated the first Downhill of the 2019-2020 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada on Friday. The Czech snowboard specialist made the best of the tricky weather conditions to win ahead of the last two world championship Downhill silver medallists, Corinne Suter of Switzerland and Austria’s Stephanie Venier.
In a race was twice delayed by bad weather conditions, Ledecká took the win in 1:31.87, beating 2019 world championship runner-up Corinne Suter by 0.35s. Austria’s Stephanie Venier, second in the 2017 Downhill Worlds, was third, 0.45s behind.
The 24-year-old Prague native’s previous best alpine skiing World Cup result was seventh in a Downhill on the same course two years ago.
The Czech star, winner of 16 snowboard World Cup races and twice a snowboard world champion, shocked the alpine skiing world at the 2018 Olympics when she won the Super-G gold medal ahead of all the favourites. She also won the snowboard parallel slalom Olympic title, becoming the first athlete crowned in both alpine ski and snowboard events.
American, Mikaela Shiffrin, winner of the Lake Louise Downhill two years ago, was 10th this time and took her lead in the overall World Cup standings to 366 points, ahead of Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin on 160.
Lake Louise Women’s Downhill result:
  1. Ester Ledecká (Czech Republic) 1:31.87
  2. Corinne Suter (Switzerland) +0.35
  3. Stephanie Venier (Austria) +0.45
  4. = Nina Ortlieb (Austria) +0.66
  5. = Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) +0.66
  6. Sofia Goggia (Italy) +0.69
  7. Nicole Schmidhofer (Austria) +0.74
  8. Kira Weidle (Germany) +0.82
  9. Nicol Delago (Italy) +0.94
  10. Mikaela Shiffrin (U.S.) +0.96
FIS World Cup Women’s overall standings:
  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (U.S.) 366 points
  2. Michelle Gisin (Switzerland) 160
  3. Petra Vlhová (Slovakia) 138
  4. Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) 128
  5. Federica Brignone (Italy) 125
  6. Marta Bassino (Italy) 122
  7. = Mina Fuerst Holtmann (Norway) 110
  8. = Anna Swenn-Larsson (Sweden) 110
  9. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) 106
  10. Tessa Worley (France) 105