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World Cup downhill surprise as Bryce Bennett ends five-year US drought | Skiing

Bryce Bennett added to a protracted listing of American success in Val Gardena by successful the primary traditional downhill of the World Cup season on Saturday.

Bennett joins teammate Steven Nyman (three downhill victories) and Bode Miller (one super-G victory) as American winners on the resort within the Dolomites.

For his first profession victory, the 6ft 7in Bennett completed 0.14 seconds forward of Otmar Striedinger of Austria and 0.32 forward of Niels Hintermann of Switzerland.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the Austrian who had received three straight races on the Saslong course, went off line towards the top of his run after posting sooner cut up instances than Bennett.

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Kilde narrowly prevented crashing however couldn’t get better in time to clear the subsequent gate.

Bennett had by no means completed higher than fourth (twice in Val Gardena and as soon as in Bormio) and now can go to the upcoming Beijing Olympics with newfound confidence.

Goggia and Johnson end 1-2 at Val-d’Isère

Olympic champion Sofia Goggia and her American rival Breezy Johnson completed 1-2 in a ladies’s World Cup downhill for the third time this season on Saturday.

Goggia stretched her unbeaten run within the self-discipline to a yr, having received all seven World Cup downhills she competed in since 18 December 2020. The Italian missed the ultimate two races of final season with a knee harm.

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Goggia beat Johnson by .27 seconds, with Austrian skier Mirjam Puchner .91 behind in third. The remainder of the sphere completed greater than 1.3 seconds off the lead.

The outcome despatched Goggia previous Mikaela Shiffrin to the highest of the general standings, main the American three-time champion by 10 factors.

Shiffrin sat out the race however was set to compete with Goggia in a super-G on the identical hill Sunday.

Goggia earned her eleventh profession downhill win and fifteenth general with a trademark gutsy run.

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Breezy JohnsonBreezy Johnson of the US completed second in a World Cup downhill for a 3rd time this yr. Photograph: Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

She jumped farther than any of her opponents close to the Telephone flip within the higher a part of the course, picked a riskier race line than her rivals within the technical center part, and reacted quick after her proper ski caught a bump to rapidly regain her steadiness with out visibly slowing down.

Racing in contrasting model, Johnson had a cleaner run, stayed on her race line all through, and appeared in full management.

It was the seventh profession podium outcome for the American, one yr to the day after she acquired her first on the identical course. Johnson additionally has 4 third-place finishes however is missing a win up to now.

Several racers had sooner begins than Goggia, however nobody matched the Italian’s tempo on the extra demanding sections of the OK course, which is known as after French snowboarding greats Henri Oreiller and Jean-Claude Killy.

Former World Cup downhill champion Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia led by four-tenths of a second and world championship gold medalist Corinne Suter was greater than three-tenths sooner than Goggia on the second cut up however each misplaced appreciable time afterward, ending fifth and sixth, respectively.

Suter’s Swiss teammate Lara Gut-Behrami missed the race after testing optimistic for Covid-19 following the primary coaching run on Thursday, ruling the 2016 general champion out for the weekend as properly as two large slaloms in close by Courchevel on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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