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Skiing: Austria’s Schmidhofe­r barrels into a World Cup double at Lake Louise


LAKE LOUISE, ALTA.— A woman who waited over a decade for her first World Cup victory in ski racing won her second in as many days Saturday.

Nicole Schmidhofe­r of Austria doubled up on downhills in Lake Louise, Alta., skiing faster Saturday than she did to win Friday’s season-opener.

“It’s unbelievab­le for me,” the 29-year-old veteran said.

“I’m excited and a little bit surprised that I started the season so great.”

Schmidhofe­r, who raced her first World Cup for Austria in 2007, was over four-tenths of a second quicker Saturday posting a time of one minute 47.68 seconds.

Her teammate Cornelia Huet- ter, who won a downhill here in 2017, was .44 of a second back in second.

“I skied much better than yesterday,” Huetter said. “I like Canada. I was here in 2011 the first time and that impressed me so much. Every year when I come back, it’s so amazing.”

Friday’s runner-up Michelle Gisin of Switzerlan­d was third.

Defending overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. was fourth. Roni Remme of Collingwoo­d, Ont., was the top Canadian in 36th.

In both downhills, Schmidhofe­r nailed a section of the course where the rest of the field struggled — Fall Away into Gun Barrel — with cleaner, higher lines that allowed the five-foottwo skier to carry speed into the bottom section.

“She told me today was better and that’s unbelievab­le,” Huetter said.

Sunday’s super-G race concludes the World Cup. Lindsey Vonn, who is currently injured, swept all three races in 2015, 2012 and 2011.

Valerie Grenier of St-Isidore, Que., was 37th and MarieMiche­le Gagnon of Lac Etchemin, Que., finished 40th.

In Beaver Creek, Colo., Ottawa’s Dustin Cook was the top Canadian in a men’s super-G finishing 21st.

 ??  ?? Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofe­r won both of the seasonopen­ing downill races.
Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofe­r won both of the seasonopen­ing downill races.

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