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Goggia set to grab Italy's first women's Olympic downhill gold

Europe, Europa
21.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Sofia Goggia is set to earn Italy‘s first-ever women‘s Olympic downhill gold, while Lindsey Vonn was heading for bronze at the Winter Games on Wednesday.

With 30 competitors through the downhill course, the 25-year-old Italian held a 0.08 second lead over Norway‘s Ragnhild Mowinckel, who is on track to pick up her second medal of the Games after claiming silver on the giant slalom.

US skier Vonn, the 2010 downhill gold medallist, finished a further 0.38 seconds back and will likely pick up bronze in what is most certainly the last Olympics of her career. If she can hold that position, it will be the third Olympic medal of a storied career plagued by injury.

Olympic first-timer Goggia, who clocked 1 minute 39.22 seconds at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, is competing at her first Olympics but has been in form on the World Cup tour lately. In her last five downhill races she has managed to finish on the podium four times, winning twice.

 

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