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Women’s Downhill – Altenmarkt Zauchensee 2017

Women’s Downhill - Altenmarkt Zauchensee 2017

This is the 14th season that World Cup races will be held in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. In only one season, men’s and ladies’ races were held (2001/02). In all other seasons, only ladies’ races were held. Lindsey Vonn has won a record four World Cup races in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, including the two races last year (downhill and super-G). The first World Cup race in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee was on 17 December 1980. Jana Gantnerová won the downhill that day. Austrian skiers are one shy of their 10th World Cup win in Austria. Switzerland follows with eight wins. The last Austrian to win a race here was Elisabeth Görgl when she won the downhill on 11 January 2014, becoming the oldest woman to win a World Cup downhill race.

Ilka Štuhec won the first three downhill races of the season, two in Lake Louise and one in Val d’Isère, her first ever World Cup victories. The only other women who won the first four World Cup downhill races of a season are Lindsey Vonn (2009/10) and Annemarie MoserPröll (1972/73 and 1978/79). Vonn is also the only woman in the past 20 years to win four successive World Cup downhill races as she won six in a row between March 2009 and January 2010. Štuhec can equal Tina Maze on four World Cup wins in the downhill, most for a Slovenian woman. Štuhec also won the alpine combined in Val d’Isère. Only Maze (26), Spela Pretnar (6) and Urska Hrovat (5) have won more World Cup races in total for Slovenia than Štuhec (4). All four of Štuhec’s podium finishes in World Cup races have been victories, the best perfect record by a man or woman. Currently 4.00 to win outright at Bet365.

Lindsey Vonn could make her return to competition after missing the start of the season due to an arm injury. Vonn has won a ladies’ record 76 World Cup races. Only one man has won more as Ingemar Stenmark won 86. Vonn’s 76 race-win tally consists of 38 in downhill, 27 in super-G, five in alpine combined, four in giant slalom and two in slalom. Her 38 race wins in downhill and 27 wins in super-G are most among men and women. A year ago, Vonn tied the all-time record for World Cup downhill wins (then 36) after her win in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, which was held by Annemarie Moser-Pröll. In her last nine World Cup downhill races, Vonn claimed six victories, finished second once and failed to finish twice. Vonn has only won more downhill races in Canada (14) than in Austria (6). She has also won six times in Italy in this discipline. Vonn (32 years, 88 days on Saturday) can become the third-oldest woman to win a World Cup downhill race after Elisabeth Görgl (32-325) in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in 2014 and Michaela Dorfmeister (32-302) in St. Moritz in 2006. Currently prices at 10.00 to win outright at Bet365.

Four Italian women finished in the top six in the Val d’Isère downhill race – 3. Sofia Goggia, 4. Nadia Fanchini, 5. Johanna Schnarf and 6. Elena Fanchini. Nadia Fanchini is the last Italian woman to win a World Cup downhill race as she won in La Thuile last February, her only win in this discipline to date. Older sister Elena (2) and Isolde Kostner (12) are the only Italian women with multiple downhill wins. Only Mikaela Shiffrin (G7-S1-B1) has finished on the podium more often this World Cup season (all disciplines) than Sofia Goggia (1st 0, 2nd 3, 3rd 4). The record number of podium finishes by a woman in a season without winning is held by Tina Maze – 10 in 2011/12 (2nd 6, 3rd 4). Lara Gut has won six World Cup downhill races, joint-fifth among Swiss women alongside Chantal Bournissen. Doris De Agostini is in fourth place with eight downhill wins. Kajsa Kling has claimed two top-six finishes in downhill this season, both in Lake Louise (3rd and 5th). Her third-place finish was her best result in a World Cup downhill race to date. Two women have won a World Cup downhill race for Sweden: Anja Pärson (6) and Pernilla Wiberg (2).

Prediction 1 : Sofia Goggia Podium Finish : Yes
Odds: 2.25 Bet365

Betting prediction 2 (event match-ups) : Ilka Štuhec  vs Lara Gut : Ilka Štuhec
Odds: 1.83 Bet365

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