Goggia edges Vonn for second day on 2018 Olympic course

Goggia edges Vonn for second day on 2018 Olympic course

By John Duerden, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2017 at 10:19 p.m.

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JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Sofia Goggia edged Lindsey Vonn into second place at a World Cup event for the second time in two days, winning the Super-G at the 2018 Olympic course on Sunday to follow her victory in the downhill.

Goggia of Italy finished 0.04 seconds ahead of Vonn in the Super-G, 24 hours after beating the 32-year-old American by 0.07 in the downhill to capture her career first World Cup win.

Prior to this weekend, which is also serving as a test event for the Jeongseon Alpine Centre ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Goggia had nine podium finishes without taking center-spot.

"I really like the course," Goggia said. "I tried to push as hard as I could ... this win means a lot to me."

Vonn, who is still progressing on her comeback after breaking her arm last November, has not won a Super-G at a World Cup event since January last year.

"Of course, I am disappointed to be a few hundredths from two wins but I always feel like in skiing, the luck will come back to you," Vonn said. "I am hoping that next year, that luck can come back and I can be on the top podium."

Vonn is looking forward to returning to the course, located around 214 kilometers (133 miles) east of Seoul, next February for the Olympics.

"The main point of this weekend is that I am confident on this hill," she said. "I really like it. I know what I can do to be faster."

Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia had to settle for third place, on consecutive days, finishing 0.53 seconds behind Goggia in the Super-G on the 1.99-kilometer (1 1/4 mile) course.

Stuhec moves to first place in the season standings ahead of Tina Weirather of Leichenstein, who placed ninth here on Sunday, to lead the race for the Super-G crystal globe with a round remaining. Goggia moved to fifth spot.

Stuhec also leads the season downhill standings ahead of the last event in Aspen later this month.

"I know the chances are good for me now but we still have one more race to go in each event," Stuhec said. "I also have to fight for it and just do my best."

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