Swiss skier Nufer gets breakout Environment Cup downhill get at 30

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If Swiss skier Priska Nufer was going to have a breakout achievements at age 30, it undoubtedly was heading to be on home snow at Crans-Montana.

Nufer received a Entire world Cup downhill on Sunday — her 1st podium put in close to 150 races — finishing just in advance of 3 Olympic gold medalists.

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In a 10-12 months World Cup profession, Nufer by no means finished in the major five of any race until eventually inserting fourth in a downhill Saturday on the similar Mont Lachaux training course where by she thrives.

With victory Sunday, she now has eight career leading-10 finishes in World Cup races and six have been at Crans-Montana.

“I am so thankful for this second,” Nufer mentioned. “Also in Switzerland, (around) by my residence town and with all the buddies and family members.”

On a solar-bathed south-going through slope, Nufer was .11 seconds a lot quicker than Ester Ledecka, the 2018 Olympics tremendous-G winner who gained the downhill on Saturday.

Sofia Goggia was third, .23 driving Nufer, and new Olympic downhill winner Corinne Suter was fourth, .27 back again.

Goggia took downhill silver when defending her 2018 Olympic title in a quick comeback from knee and leg injuries sustained crashing in January. Until then, she experienced dominated the downhill year.

“I’m rather significantly contented about what I did right now,” reported Goggia, “snowboarding at 70% or it’s possible a little bit a lot less of the Sofia I was displaying off in the to start with aspect of the year.”

Switzerland's Priska Nufer smiles at finish after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill race, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.

Switzerland’s Priska Nufer smiles at end just after completing an alpine ski, women’s Globe Cup downhill race, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.
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Goggia extended her direct about Suter in the season-long downhill standings with one race remaining, on March 16 at Courchevel, France, all through the Entire world Cup finals meet up with.

Mikaela Shiffrin had a small direct in the Earth Cup total standings before the Olympics and took a calculated risk that paid out off to skip the back-to-again downhills at Crans-Montana.

The American star’s rival for the all round title, defending champion Petra Vlhova, posted a 16th-place complete Sunday to stick to 29th a working day previously. They are now tied in the standings.

Shiffrin should really return when the women’s circuit stays in Switzerland subsequent weekend for tremendous-G and large slalom races at Lenzerheide.

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Even though Nufer went to the Beijing Olympics, she was not chosen in the 4-lady Swiss group for the downhill or tremendous-G velocity races. They have been won by Nufer’s teammates Suter and Lara Intestine-Behrami, respectively.

Intestine-Behrami, who failed to finish on Saturday, put 19th Sunday far more than a single 2nd driving Nufer.

Sporting start off bib No. 37, American Isabella Wright got a occupation-finest 10th-put end, trailing by .55.

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