Kostner wins season-opener

After a pair of second-place finishes last year on the Lake Louise hill, Italy's Isolde Kostner tamed the course on Saturday to win the women's World Cup season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta.

After a pair of second-place finishes last year on the Lake Louise hill, Italy's Isolde Kostner tamed the course on Saturday to win the women's World Cup season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Despite trailing at each of the three intermediate checkpoints, Kostner completed the 2,600-meter 1 minute, 36.92 seconds to win by .06 of a second.

"It was a really fast course, faster than other years," Kostner said. "The first years I came here I always went hard and crashed two or three times and it was a really bad course for me.

"But in the last three years I had good results and I like it very much."

The women approached speeds of 110 kph (70 mph) on the tricky course in brilliant sunshine and temperatures of minus-15 degrees Celius (5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Second place went to Germany's Hilde Gerg in 1:36.98. Third was Switzerland's Corinne Rey Bellet in a time of 1:37.20.

Warm weather and a lack of snow imperiled the event, but a round-the-clock operation by volunteers enabled organizers to get enough snow down to allow two training runs on Friday.

"We're very happy to get the race off because when we got here there was no snow," Bellet said. "The people here have done a wonderful job."

Gerg appeared to have the race won, leading by .22 seconds at the final intermediate timing post, but she made a critical error on the last left-hand turn heading into the finish area and lost precious time to allow Kostner's time to stand.

"I attacked at the top, but made a big mistake at the bottom and had to stand up and that's where I lost my time," said Gerg, 24, of Lenggries, Germany.

Germany placed two other skiers in the top five, Martina Ertl in fourth place with a time of 1:37.45 and Sibylle Brauner in fifth with a time of another sixth hundredths behind.

Slovenia's Mojca Suhadolc led the second 10 with a time of 1:37.96, and was followed by Janica Kostelic of Croatia (1:38.21), Sylviane Berthod of Switzerland (1:38.39), Italy's Bibiana Perez (1:38.42), and France's Regine Cavagnoud (1:38.55).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Personal Tax Senior

£28000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer and Markets Development Executive

£22000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company's mission is to ma...

Recruitment Genius: Guest Services Assistant

£13832 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This 5 star leisure destination on the w...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Account Manager

£20000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Account Manager is requ...

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory