DGermany’s best speed driver Kira Weidle was once again on the podium at the site of her greatest success. Two years after World Championship silver in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Starnberg native took third place in the downhill World Cup and set the next exclamation mark of the season shortly before the World Championships in France. The 26-year-old was 0.36 seconds behind Italy’s exceptional athlete Sofia Goggia on Friday. Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia (+0.13) was second. The 82-time World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) took fourth place (+0.50).
After her third place in St. Moritz in December, it was Weidle’s second podium finish this winter. The self-critical athlete of the German Ski Association was not completely satisfied in the Italian mountains. “I didn’t drive 100 percent cleanly,” said Weidle on ZDF. With “diffuse vision” she had done one or two slides too many.
The ambitious speed specialist still has to wait for a victory in the supreme discipline. At the highlight of the season in Méribel/Courchevel (February 6th to 19th), the native of Stuttgart is still one of the medal candidates.
The German acknowledged the next gala performance with applause Goggias. The Olympic champion triumphed for the fourth time in the downhill run this winter and extended her lead in the discipline ranking. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was good,” the Italian analyzed her performance dryly as usual and kissed her dog in the finish area.
As the second German starter, Katrin Hirtl-Stanggassinger clearly missed the points. A second descent is on the program for the women in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Saturday.