Schmidhofer prevails again
Nicole Schmidhofer won the World Cup women’s downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, for the second consecutive day.
The Austrian was even faster than she was in Friday’s season opener with a time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds. Teammate Cornelia
Hutter was second, 0.44 seconds behind. Michelle
Gisin of Switzerland was third, 0.47 seconds back, and two-time overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin wound up fourth. In other news:
• Max Franz of Austria conquered the snow and fog at Beaver Creek, Colo., for his first World Cup super-G victory. Racing was delayed an hour as course workers cleared a considerable amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still falling, Franz found just a little more speed in a tightly contested event. He finished in 1 minute, 1.91 seconds, holding off Mauro
Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds. There was a three-way tie for third among Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Italy’s Dominik Paris. The trio was 0.41 seconds behind.