Elisabeth Goergl stunned favourites Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch for the second time at the world Alpine ski championships yesterday, winning the downhill to add to her super-G title. The 29-year-old Austrian had never previously won a top-level downhill.
Vonn, nearly free of the concussion problems which affected her in the previous few days, took silver and flu-stricken Riesch, racing in her home town, won the bronze, the same result she achieved in the super-G.
It was the first time since February 2009 that a top-level women's downhill had been won by a skier other than Vonn or Riesch. Since then, the great rivals have won the last 15 between them, including last year's Vancouver Olympic downhill.
Austria have taken all three golds so far in the women's events, with Anna Fenninger winning the super-combined on Friday.
"It was a tough course but conditions were perfect," Goergl said. "I'm amazed by my performance. I liked the conditions, I liked the slope. Everything came together."