Nina Ortlieb wins Kvitfjell super-G
The weather played a key role this Sunday in Kvitfjell (Norway), where Austrian Nina Ortlieb won the super-G, her second success in the World Cup at 26 years old. Starting with bib number 31, she benefited from very good visibility and the stoppage of the snowfall to set the best time.
“Criminal conditions” according to Goggia
The recent downhill world vice-champion and daughter of Patrick, Olympic downhill champion at the 1992 Olympic Games, beat her compatriots Stephanie Venier (+0”12) and Franziska Gritsch (+0”26), who also started under a lenient sky (bibs 29 and 26), to sign a resounding Austrian hat-trick. All the favourites, including Sofia Goggia, 4th (+0”57) with bib 16, were therefore beaten, and had to deal with a much more overcast sky and freshly fallen snow on the route. “We had criminal conditions” even dropped the Italian at the microphone of Eurosport.
Assured of his fifth big globe since Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin took 7th place (+0”29) this Sunday, postponing her 86th World Cup victory, which would have allowed her to equal the absolute record of Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Maybe next weekend in Are (Sweden), with a giant then a slalom on the menu? It would be a nice wink to achieve this feat in the land of the Scandinavian legend.
On the French side, only Camille Cerutti (bib 41) entered the Top 30 with a 23rd place (+1”64). Karen Smadja-Clément is 32nd (+2”27, bib 33), Tessa Worley 34th (+2”64, bib 6) and Laura Gauché 39th (+3”10, bib 5).
Two Tricolores are qualified for the super-G of the World Cup finals (Andorra, March 15-19): Tessa Worley, 14th in the specialty globe ranking and Laura Gauché (24th).