Alpine skiing: Stuhec wins season-opening downhill

Montreal—Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won the season-opening ladies downhill at Lake Louise on Friday with the first World Cup victory of her ski racing career.
The 26-year-old Stuhec stunned the favorites by clocking a winning time of one minute, 45.48 seconds to claim the first of two downhills this weekend at the mountain resort in the Canadian Rockies.
“I knew I could ski fast and I just needed to put it in a race and I did,” said Stuhec, whose best previous result on the World Cup circuit was a fourth place in the 2013 super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The second downhill is slated for Saturday followed by a super-G race on Sunday.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia was second with a time of one minute, 45.70 seconds, while Sweden’s Kajsa Kling finished third with one minute, 45.79 seconds.—AFP

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