Stuhec strikes again with win

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

val d’isere, france» In the ab­sence of es­tab­lished stars like Lind­sey Vonn and Tina Maze, new faces are break­ing through on the women’s World Cup cir­cuit. Es­pe­cially Ilka Stuhec. The Slove­nian won a World Cup alpine com­bined race on Fri­day for her third vic­tory this sea­son — hav­ing never fin­ished higher than fourth be­fore this year.

Sit­ting in third spot af­ter the morn­ing’s down­hill, she ended up 0.12 sec­onds ahead of Michelle Gisin and 0.16 clear of Sof­fia Gog­gia fol­low­ing the slalom on the Oreiller-Killy course.

Stuhec was fourth in the over­all World Cup stand­ings, while Gog­gia was up to sec­ond with her fifth podium in seven races this sea­son. The Ital­ian also had a ca­reer best of fourth be­fore this sea­son be­gan.

That was not the only thing these two skiers have in com­mon. Their ca­reers were ham­pered by mul­ti­ple knee op­er­a­tions: five for Stuhec and four for Gog­gia.

Re­flect­ing on those in­juries, Stuhec said: “I wouldn’t change a thing, even though some­times it was re­ally, re­ally hard. I learned a lot about my­self and peo­ple around me.”

Gog­gia said in­juries helped to forge her char­ac­ter.

“It’s the hunger I have at the start gate. I’m aching for more, al­ways,” she said. “I can be re­ally sat­is­fied with who I am. The last in­jury three years ago was re­ally heavy and it took two years for me to come back. Tough times, but I’m here now.”

Nor­we­gians fin­ish 1-2

B val gar­dena, italy» Kjetil Jan­srud and Alek­sander Aamodt Kilde fin­ished 1-2 in a su­per-G to ex­tend Nor­way’s re­cent dom­i­nance in Val Gar­dena — and the World Cup speed events in gen­eral.

Jan­srud clocked 1 minute, 31.99 sec­onds down the Sas­long course, fin­ish­ing 0.06 sec­onds ahead of Kilde and 0.13 in front of Cana­dian vet­eran Erik Guay.

Jan­srud has now won all three speed races this sea­son.

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