The winner out of 2 in Crans Montana is called Priska Nufer! It is the premiere of the 30-year-old from Obwalden.
- 1. Prisca Neufer (Switzerland) 1:29.93 min
- 2. Ester Ledecka (CZE) +0.11
- 3. Sofia Giugia (Italy) +0.23
- 4. Corinne Sauter (Switzerland) +0.27
Describing Prisca Novier’s victory as a “victory by declaration” might be an exaggeration. But somehow the first show definitely made itself felt. On Friday, the 30-year-old was already the top Swiss player in the final training session, and on Saturday the Obwalden native just missed her first World Cup podium when he finished fourth.
After 24 hours everything worked perfectly for Nufer. With start number 2 – the day before she started playing number 30 – she was able to enjoy a perfect slope and resolutely seized her chance. Attack the Nefer from the first scale and set a time that no competitor can beat.
However, the Swiss had to endure some moments of anxiety in the lead. Especially in the races of the previous day’s winner Ester Ledecka and Sofia Goggia and Austrian Stephanie Venier (car #24) had a wildly fluctuating best time. But in the end, Nufar also had the luck of the Nuba. After a good 10 years of making her World Cup debut and in her 144th World Cup race overall (69th in downhill), she’s on top for the first time.
Not surprisingly, she orchestrated this coup in Crans-Montana. Nowhere does Naver feel more comfortable at the World Cup. She achieved six of her eight best results in Valais.
A small crystal ball probably in Goggia
Lydika and Jogia finished on the podium behind Neufer. Corinne Sauter came in fourth as the second best Swiss.
This should have been the initial decision in the fight for the little crystal ball. Before the final touchdown at Courchevel, the Swiss is now 75 points behind Goggia (previously 65). Sutter will have to finish the race in France at least second and hope the Italian will make a fatal mistake to overtake the speed queen.
The other Swiss in points
- 8. Michel Jezin +0.43
- 9. Joanna Helen +0.46
- 15. Jasmine Flory +0.97
- 19. Lara Gut Bahrami +184.108.40.206
- 30. Yasmina Sutter +2.00
As of Saturday, Michel Geisen was the third best Swiss. The Engelberg woman had finished seventh the day before, 1.12sec behind, but is now just 0.43sec behind in eighth.
Joanna Hallen (ninth) was the fourth Swiss woman to finish 10th. After retiring on Saturday, the Olympic Super G champ is ranked 18th.
This is how it goes
The entourage of women is now moving from Valais to Graubünden. The Super G (Saturday) and the Giant Slalom (Sunday) will take place in Linzerheide next weekend.
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