Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 13 February 2021 (MOREL)- Second gold medal in only a few days for Switzerland, which also won the title in the women’s downhill. On a picture perfect day in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Corinne Suter won the first World Championship gold medal of her career. Winner of three World Cup races and three times on the World Championship podium, the Swiss athlete succeeded in staying ahead of her rivals on the Olympia delle Tofane, making the difference in the final stretch of an increasingly compact track.
The silver medal went to Kira Weidle, the 24-year-old German athlete who has been on the podium only twice in the past, at Lake Louise (2018) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2019). She was the fastest in the first part and she kept Suter's time in the final part, crossing the finish line 20/100 behind the new world champion.
Seventh world championship medal for Lara Gut-Behrami, who played for gold the first three quarters of the race. The reigning super-G world champion finished third, 37/100 behind Suter. Fourth place for the Czech Ester Ledecka (44/100) and fifth place for the Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer (50/100). Elena Curtoni, in eighth place, was best Italian athlete.
In the final timed test of the men's downhill, Italian Dominik Paris set the best time with a 13/100 advantage over Austrian Max Franz and 36/100 ahead of the Swiss Beat Feuz. Several big names took the opportunity to try only some sections, without forcing the pace. Some athletes stood up in the final meters of the Vertigine.
Tomorrow only one race is scheduled. The first week of the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo will conclude with the much anticipated men's downhill. The queen race will start at 11.00. (ends)