Goggia tames St. Anton downhill course for second season victory

Italian claims DH lead and improves overall hopes with Ledecká fourth.

Sofia Goggia showed the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup field that she is in the mood to regain the downhill title after she produced a lightning fast masterclass to tame the St. Anton course and claim the outright discipline title lead. Here is all you need to know:

– Reigning Olympic downhill champion Goggia came into the weekend with one victory and one second from the two Val-d’Isère DH races as Swiss star Corinne Suter performed well early this season.

– Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami set the early pace on Saturday at the Austrian resort of St. Anton, however it paled in comparison to Goggia’s outstanding, brave run.

– The 28-year-old from Bergamo skied right on the edge the whole way down to open up a 1.34s lead over Gut-Behrami with Suter unable to bridge the sizeable gap seventh down the mountain.

– Czech ski/snowboard star Ester Ledecká produced a good run to lie 1.10s off Goggia before Austrian Tamara Tippler and American Breezy Johnson forced their way on to the final podium with impressive runs.

– Goggia now leads the World Cup downhill standings by 60 points from Suter and moves up to third overall, 235 points behind leader Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.

– The women return on Sunday for the second Super G race of the season after Ledecká won the first one.