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Alpine skiing: Goggia highlights breakthrough season with first career win

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By Euronews
Alpine skiing: Goggia highlights breakthrough season with first career win

The 2016/2017 campaign will definitely go down as a breakthrough season for Italy’s Sofia Goggia.

Having already finished on the podium nine times this term, Goggia finally celebrated her first World Cup victory on Saturday when she won a downhill race in Jeongseon, South Korea.

The 24-year old, who had never made a top three finish before this season, produced a near-flawless run at the 2018 Winter Olympic venue.

She claimed victory in a winning time of one minute and 38.8 seconds.

But her win was by the slimmest of margins.

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn had clocked the fastest time in both practice sessions and was first out of the gates.

Competing in just her fourth event since fracturing her arm in November, Vonn set what looked like to be the winning time early on.

However, Goggia pushed her down into second by 0.07 seconds denying the American a 78th World Cup win.

World Cup leader in the downhill, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was third on the day.

Stuhec is looking to become the first female skier from her nation to claim the season-long discipline title.

That race will now go down to the final event in Aspen later this month as Goggia’s win cuts Stuhec’s downhill lead to 97 points with 100 points up for grabs for a victory.

The ladies stay in Jeongseon on Sunday for a super-G before heading to Aspen for the final stop of the season.