Austrian Mirjam Puchner waited until the final downhill of the women’s 2015/2016 World Cup campaign to celebrate the first race win of her career.
The 23-year-old had never finished higher than eighth before in an elite downhill race.
But that didn’t show at the World Cup finals in St. Mortiz as she flew down the piste in just 1 min 40.93 seconds to take a deserved victory.
Switzerland’s very own Fabienne Suter skied to second place, much to the delight of the home crowd.
She had been hunting her first win since a super-G triumph in Bad Kleinkirchheim in 2012, but a fifth career win was denied by 13 hundredths of a second.
Italy’s Elena Curtoni third for her first podium finish of her career.
American speed queen Lindsey Vonn was at the event but not competing.
She flew in to collect her eighth title in the discipline, she had clinched the downhill crystal globe before a crash in a super-G in Andorra last month ruled her out for the rest of the season.
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