Alpine Skiing

Olympic champ Ester Ledecka wins first Super G of new season

Czech claims second Alpine Ski World Cup victory ahead of Friday's downhill winner Corinne Suter and Federica Brignone at Val d'Isere.

By Rory Jiwani ·

Ester Ledecka secured her second career Alpine Ski World Cup victory in the first Super G of the season at Val d'Isere on Sunday (20 December).

The Czech, who won gold in Super G and snowboard parallel giant slalom at PyeongChang 2018, had finished inside the top 10 in downhills on the previous two days.

And in the Super G, where the skiers are not permitted a practice run unlike the downhill, Ledecka excelled as she added to her previous World Cup win in last December's first Lake Louise downhill.

The Czech won by just three-hundredths of a second from Corinne Suter with last season's overall World Cup winner Federica Brignone (+0.35s) rounding out the podium.

Suter has made an excellent start to the defence of her Super G and downhill Crystal Globes, claiming back-to-back second places on the OK course after her win in Friday's downhill.

Brignone missed yesterday's second downhill after crashing on Friday, but recovered to claim her third podium of the new campaign ahead of fellow Italian Marta Bassino.

Lara Gut-Behrami was next with Petra Vlhova taking sixth to extend her overall World Cup lead after finishing out of the top 30 yesterday.

Yesterday's downhill winner Sofia Goggia made early errors as she pushed hard from the start and had to settle for seventh.

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Vlhova earned 40 World Cup points for sixth place to take her overall tally to 465.

She's well clear of a compressed chasing pack with Olympic combined gold medallist Michelle Gisin on 327, Bassino 323, Brignone 308 and Goggia 302.

The three Italians today moved above Mikaela Shiffrin who is now sixth on 275 points.

The speed specialists get to enjoy a break now with Semmering in Austria hosting a giant slalom and slalom on 28-29 December.

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