Twice is nice for Stuhec in Lake Louise
The conditions and circumstances were different, but Slovenian Ilka Stuhec still ruled the downhill track at Lake Louise on Saturday where she picked up her second consecutive victory in as many days. Despite utilizing a lowered start where the men's super-G traditionally begins because of fresh snow on the track and a threatening weather system forecast to move in during the race, Stuhec bested Lara Gut by 0.11 seconds and Edit Miklos by 0.42 seconds down the shortened course.
Stuhec admitted that running fourth on the course and having to watch the rest of the racers come down after her was more nerve-racking than the previous day when she claimed victory from bib 29.
"I think [running early] was really an advantage because right now the snowfall is getting worse and worse. But you race with the number you have and try to do your best. I had to calm myself down after yesterday and prepare myself for the race today which, apparently, I did pretty well," said Stuhec.
Gut was also excited to pick up her first downhill podium finish of the season.
"It's the first time I'm standing on the podium, so it's great. I'm happy and since this year I finally have the feeling that I know what I'm doing on this slope," said Gut. "It's a good improvement, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow for the super-G. I'm going to try to ski even faster and cleaner."
Miklos matched her career-best World Cup result, a third-place downhill finish in St. Mortiz in January 2015. During the previous evening's bib pick, Miklos was the last to draw and was automatically assigned bib 1, but it worked out in her favor.
"Also third place – I hope the next podium it will be second and then first," joked Miklos. "I think yesterday I had not so much luck like today because the weather was good for me. I think the first numbers, they had luck. In a sport like this, sometimes you have luck and sometimes the others, they have luck. ... It was my luck because they left me just this number."
The shortened course didn't bother the athlete who represents Hungary one bit.
"I think [lowering the start] was a good decision because of the weather. I think it's the same if it's long or short."
The ladies race super-G at Lake Louise on Sunday.
Full results from the second downhill can be reviewed here.