Downhill skiing favourite Höfl-Reisch widens her world cup lead

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Downhill skiing favourite Höfl-Reisch widens her world cup lead

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In alpine skiing, Germany’s Maria Höfl-Riesch has extended her World Cup lead with a downhill win at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

The German started the day as the big favourite following impressive performances in training.

After a delayed start due to fresh snowfall overnight, Höfl-Riesch put a flawless run together to pick up her 27th career victory, clocking a time of 1:17.84.

The race marked her third downhill victory of the season, allowing Höfl-Reisch to equal her personal best from 2010/11, when she won three ladies’ World Cup downhill races.

Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather took second, 0.31 seconds off the pace.

She landed her seventh podium place of the season to sit in second position in the overall standings, 158 points behind Höfl-Reich.

The battle for third place was tight, with Super-G and giant slalom Junior World Champion Nicole Schmidhofer eventually overtaking Lara Gut by one hundredth of a second.

She made her second career podium exactly one year her first, also in Cortina, when she finished second in the super-G race.

Meanwhile, Tina Maze has yet to win a race in this year’s Alpine skiing World Cup.

The Slovenian finished the day in a disappointing seventh place, leaving her sixth in the overall standings.