Defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut claimed her fifth victory this season when she triumphed in a downhill race at the prestigious Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
In near perfect conditions the Swiss ace tamed the spectacular Olympia delle Tofane course to celebrate her first downhill success of the campaign.
The win has now reduced Gut’s deficit in the overall world cup standings behind American leader Mikaela Shiffrin to a mere 30 points.
It was Gut’s 23rd World Cup career victory, but first downhill at Cortina.
Gut crossed the line ahead of Sofia Goggia, who thrilled her home support with the runners-up finish.
Goggia was fastest at all checkpoints but Gut delivered a perfect performance on the lower section of the course to leave the home skier with an the eighth podium placing of the season.
She missed out on her first career victory by five one hundredths of a second.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was 0.47 seconds off the winner’s pace to round out the podium.
The 26-year old, who won the opening three downhills this season, maintained her lead in the discipline standings and is 77 points clear of Gut.
Meanwhile, the most successful female skier of all time Lindsey Vonn suffered another crash exactly at the same spot of the course where she wiped out the day earlier in an official training session.
The 32-year-old was setting a blistering time but smashed into the netting.
Fortunately for the American she was able to walk away without any serious injuries.