Kostner wins Super-G

Italy's Isolde Kostner charged to victory in the women's super-G in Val d'Isere today, becoming the only woman with two victories this season.

Italy's Isolde Kostner charged to victory in the women's super-G in Val d'Isere today, becoming the only woman with two victories this season.

The 1996 and 1997 world super-G champion aggressively attacked the sun-drenched Oreiller-Killy course, crossing in 1 minute, 19.81 seconds to collect her seventh World Cup victory and establish herself as a top contender for the this season's overall crown.

"Now I know I have a chance at the World Cup overall title," said Kostner, who also won a downhill and placed third in a super-G in Lake Louise. "My win here shows me I can.

"Generally I don't do very well at Val d'Isere so I am a bit surprised I did so well," she said. "But it was a fast course with wide turns and it suited my style."

Kostner, who has climbed the podium 11 times in the super-G throughout her career, finished a slim .07 ahead of Germany's Hilde Gerg, who has been repeatedly thwarted this season in her bid for a victory.

Gerg, who also finished runner-up in both the Lake Louise downhill and super-G, appeared poised to collect Germany's first win of the season with her time of 1:19.88 until Kostner, the very next racer, relegated her to second with her own scorching run.

"Well at least I'm consistent," shrugged Gerg. "But I've lost a lot of points in those races for only a few 100ths of a second.

"My goal is to win the overall title this season and in the end those few points may cost me."

Swedish veteran Pernilla Wiberg ended a streak of disappointing performances this season, placing third in 1:20.14.

"I needed this result," said Wiberg, who is competing in her 11th season on the World Cup circuit. "Up to now I've been skiing like a grandmother.

"The problem, I think, is that all was going so well for me that I probably sat on my laurels a bit."

Sylviane Berthod of Switzerland finished fourth in 1:20.29, while Renate Goetschl produced the fastest Austrian time, crossing in 1:20.31.

France's Regine Cavagnoud satisfied the home crowd, finishing a respectable eighth despite massive bruising on her right hip sustained in a training crash the previous day.

While Hermann Maier has reigned over the men's World Cup circuit, winning five of the six races he's entered this season, the women arrived at the famous French resort with no predominant skier or country, the seven previous races producing seven different winners.

"There is no super-champion who is dominating the women's field this season," said Kostner. "It's very close.

"Hilde Gerg is probably my fiercest rival in the speed events but in the technical disciplines there are a lot of girls who will build up a lot of points."

As a result of the tight competition, the overall lead has been passed around repeatedly.

Last weekend in Serre Chevalier, the lead changed hands three time in as many days.

Kostner had arrived at Serre Chevalier leading the standings, but was soon overtaken by Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister, the winner of Saturday's giant slalom.

A day later, after winning Sunday's slalom, 17-year-old Croatian sensation Janica Kostelic took her turn at the top of the rankings.

But Kostner's victory in the super-G has once again vaulted her to the top of the rankings where she leads with 310 points.

"I think there are four or five girls who can really go for the title," said Gerg, who leads the super-G standings with Kostner. "It won't be enough to ski in just two disciplines.

"If I want a chance I'll have to ski better in the technical events."

Results of Wednesday's super-G:

1, Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1 minute, 19.81 seconds.2, Hilde Gerg, Germany, 1:19.88.3, Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden, 1:20.14.4, Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 1:20.29.5, Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:20.31.6, Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 1:20.40.7, Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 1:20.42.8, Regine Cavagnoud, France, 1:20.47.9, Tanja Schneider, Austria, 1:20.49.10, Regina Haeusl, Germany, 1:20.59.11, Corinne Rey-Bellet, Switzerland, 1:20.60.(tied) Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:20.60.13, Karen Putzer, Italy, 1:20.67.14, Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:20.95.15, Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:21.02.16, Melanie Suchet, France, 1:21.16.17, Alessandra Merlin, Italy, 1:21.20.18, Merete Fjeldavlie, Norway, 1:21.21.19, Eveline Rohregger, Austra, 1:21.23.20, Stefanie Schuster, Austria, 1:21.28.21, Bibiana Perez, Italy, 1:21.33.(tied) Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 1:21.33.23, Petra Haltmayer, Germany, 1:21.41.24, Christiane Mitterwallner, Austria, 1:21.51.25, Patrizia Bassis, Italy, 1:21.55.26, Ingrid Jacquemod, France, 1:21.56.(tied) Silvia Berger, Austria, 1:21.56.28, Martina Ertl, Germany, 1:21.73.29, Spela Bracun, Slovenia, 1:21.80.30, Kristine Kristiansen, Norway, 1:21.81.31, Elena Tagliabue, Italy, 1:21.84.32, Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy, 1:21.85.33, Anja Kalan, Slovenia, 1:21.93.34, Allison Forsyth, Canada, 1:21.94.(tied) Sibylle Brauner, Germany, 1:21.94.36, Marianne Brechu, France, 1:22.02.37, Leatitia Dalloz, France, 1:22.04.38, Jonna Mendes, United States, 1:22.21.39, Gro Kvinlog, Norway, 1:22.31.40, Ingeborg Helen Marken, Norway, 1:22.32.41, Katia Santus, Italy, 1:22.38.42, Caroline Lalive, United States, 1:22.40.43, Jeanette Collenberg, Switzerland, 1:22.42.(tied) Anne Marie Lefrancois, Canada, 1:22.42.(tied) Kirsten L. Clark, United States, 1:22.42.46, Warwara Zelenskaja, Russia, 1:22.62.47, Monika Tschirky, Switzerland, 1:22.64.48, Sarah Schleper, United States, 1:22.73.49, Romina Dei Cas, Italy, 1:22.77.50, Marianna Salchinger, Austria, 1:22.82.51, Celine Daetwyler, Switzerland, 1:23.32.52, Doris Goetzenbrucker, Austria, 1:24.10.53, Lucie Hrstkova, Czech Republic, 1:24.11.54, Nathalie Robert, France, 1:24.26.

Did Not StartSimone Behringer, Germany; Leila Piccard, France.

Did Not FinishNadia Styger, Switzerland; Fujiko Sekino, France; Emily Brydon, Canada; Olesja Alieva, Russia; Kjersti Bjorn-Roli, United States; Jeanette Hargin, Sweden.

World Cup standings after the women's second super-G of the season (after eight events):

1, Isolde Kostner, Italy, 310 points.2, Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 302.3, Renate Goetschl, Austria, 287.4, Hilde Gerg, Germany, 256.5, Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 242.6, Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 221.7, Regine Cavagnoud, France, 220.8, Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden, 192.9, Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 172.10, Anita Wachter, Austria, 158.11, Trine Bakke, Norway, 140.12, Christel Saioni, France, 136.13, Anja Paerson, Sweden, 130.14, Corinne Rey Bellet, Switzerland, 129.15, Anna Ottosson, Sweden, 128.16, Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 122.17, Karen Putzer, Italy, 119.18, Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 115.19, Silvia Berger, Austria, 111.20, Spela Pretnar, Slovenia, 106.21, Martina Ertl, Germany, 99.(tied) Allison Forsyth, Canada, 99.23, Tanja Schneider, Austria, 96.24, Silke Bachmann, Italy, 86.(tied) Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 86.26, Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 83.27, Sabine Egger, Austria, 82.28, Christiane Mitterwallner, Austria, 74.(tied) Eveline Rohregger, Austria, 74.30, Sibylle Brauner, Germany 65.

Super-G (after two events)

1, Isolde Kostner, Italy, 160.(tied) Hilde Gerg, Germany, 160.3, Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 136.4, Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 90.5, Renate Goetschl, Austria, 85.6, Regine Cavagnoud, France, 64.7, Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 63.8, Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden, 60.9, Tanja Schneider, Austria, 58.(tied) Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 58.

Arts and Entertainment
TV Review: Sabotage, a meltdown and, of course, plenty of sauce
News
newsVideo for No campaign was meant to get women voting
News
A photo of Charles Belk being detained by police on Friday 22 August
news
News
i100'Geography can be tough'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Louis van Gaal looks dejected after Manchester United's 4-0 defeat by MK Dons on Tuesday night
sport
News
Actor, model and now record breaker: Jiff the Pomeranian
Video
News
REX/Eye Candy
science
News
i100
News
Down time: an employee of Google uses the slide to get to the canteen
scienceBosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder
Sport
Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas
sportChilean's first goal for the club secures place in draw for Champions League group stages
Arts and Entertainment
Amis: 'The racial situation in the US is as bad as it’s been since the Civil War'
booksAuthor says he might come back across Atlantic after all
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Vinyl demand: a factory making the old-style discs
musicManufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl
News
i100
News
In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett medically erase each other from their memories
scienceTechnique successfully used to ‘reverse’ bad memories in rodents could be used on trauma victims
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Pixie Lott will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014, the BBC has confirmed
tv
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Head of IT (Not-for-Profit sector) - Lewes / Brighton

£45000 - £50000 per annum + 5 weeks holiday & benefits: Ashdown Group: Head of...

PE Graduate?

Negotiable: Randstad Education Sheffield: Are you a PE graduate looking for a ...

Primary Teacher

£90 - £135 per day + travel expenses: Randstad Education Newcastle: Key Stage ...

Humanities Teacher

£100 - £150 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: Permanent Teacher of Humaniti...

Day In a Page

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?