Sofia Goggia takes super-G over Gut-Behrami, capping Lake Louise sweep

Sofia Goggia felt “an explosion in my heart” when she skied across the finish line Sunday.

The 29-year-old Italian became just the third woman to sweep all three races in a Lake Louise World Cup by winning the super-G.

Goggia joined Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. (2015, 2012, 2011) and Germany’s Katja Seizinger (1997) in completing a skiing hat trick in Canada.

Goggia, the reigning Olympic champion in women’s downhill, said after winning her second downhill Saturday that a super-G win would be a challenge for her.

“This is something I couldn’t do last season because I wasn’t able to switch properly,” Goggia said from Alberta. “Today is the best victory for sure of these three days.”

WATCH | Goggia posts narrow victory over Gut-Behrami:

Sofia Goggia wins women’s Super-G, completes Lake Louise sweep

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Italy’s Sofia Goggia became just the 3rd woman in history to record a sweep at a Lake Louise World Cup, capping off her impressive weekend with a super-g victory. Goggia previously won a pair of downhill events leading into Sunday. 5:08

Her margins of victory in the downhills were gaudy, but Goggia edged reigning world super-G champion Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland by just 11-100ths of a second on the 1.8-kilometre course.

Goggia pushed out of the start hut after Gut-Behrami and was off the Swiss woman’s pace until the closing stretch. Goggia charged to the line and let out a roar in the finish corral.

Chilly breeze off mountain

“When I saw the green light today, it was an explosion in my heart because I really didn’t believe I could have done this,” Goggia said.

“Today is really one of my best victories ever because I made really a change from the downhill to the super-G, and this is the first time I could make this.”

WATCH | Goggia victorious in Saturday’s downhill:

Sofia Goggia wins women’s World Cup downhill competition at Lake Louise

Italian skier Sofia Goggia finished 1st in the women’s downhill competition during the FIS Alpine World Cup event in Lake Louise, Alberta. 6:29

Mirjam Puchner of Austria was third after also finishing third in Friday’s season-opening downhill for the women. Sunday’s race was held under partly sunny skies, but a chilly breeze off the mountain made the temperature feel like minus-13 C.

Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., tied for ninth Sunday.

If I compare it to other years when I was in Lake Louise, it’s so much better. I’m so much more consistent, solid.— Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon on tying for 9th place

“I had too many mistakes to be on the podium,” Gagnon said. “All in all, I am happy. I know what I need to have the podium. If I can get it all together and kind of nail the line, with this attitude, then I think really great results will come. This was a good one today.”

The Canadian was 16th in Friday’s downhill before placing ninth Saturday. The 32-year-old’s two top-10 results were her career best in Lake Louise.

WATCH | Gagnon tosses tuques after top-10 finish:

Marie-Michèle Gagnon finishes 9th in Lake Louise Super-G competition

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Lac-Etchemin, Que.’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon placed 9th place in the women’s Super-G event during the FIS Alpine World Cup at Lake Louise, Alberta. 1:48

“If I compare it to other years when I was in Lake Louise, it’s so much better,” Gagnon said. “I’m so much more consistent, solid. It’s a solid start to the year knowing that with a huge mistake on the first day, I was at the worst, 16th.”

After her race Sunday, Gagnon tossed Alpine Canada tuques over her head like wedding bouquets into the outstretched arms of young skiers calling her name from outside the finish corral.

Women heading to St. Moritz

Gut-Behrami salvaged a World Cup in which she finished outside the top 15 in both downhills with Sunday’s top-three result.

“Super-G is always something different for me,” she said. “In downhill, I never found the right key to be fast in Lake Louise. I’m at least happy that today I was able for one minute to ski great.”

Toronto’s Candace Crawford placed 36th, Roni Remme of Collingwood, Ont., was 39th, Stefanie Fleckenstein of Whistler, B.C., 41st and Katrina Van Soest of Vernon, B.C., 42nd.

The women head to St. Moritz, Switzerland for super-G races Saturday and Sunday.

They completed their three races in Lake Louise unlike the men, who raced just a single downhill Nov. 27 because too much snow cancelled a second downhill and the super-G.

Each World Cup race in Lake Louise offered a prize purse of 120,000 Swiss francs ($167,000) split between the top 30 finishers. Goggia collected a winner’s 45,000 Swiss francs ($62,000) for each victory.

The men’s and women’s World Cups last year at the resort in Banff National Park were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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