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Nicol Delago beams into the camera after her ride. © APA/afp / JOE KLAMAR

Delago shines at the end - Hütter gets the downhill ball

Nicol Delago from Val Gardena impressed with third place at the World Cup final in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria. Meanwhile, the downhill ball went to the victorious Cornelia Hütter, who overtook Lara Gut-Behrami in the last race.

Delago showed another strong performance at the end of the World Cup season on Saturday and finished the race in 3rd place. The victorious Hütter was 0,49 seconds away. The woman from Val Gardena fell in the finish area, but luckily remained uninjured.

For the 28-year-old from Wolkenstein, who was the only South Tyrolean to take part in the World Cup final, it was her second podium finish this season and her fifth overall, after third place in the downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee - she took four of them in the downhill . Delago still has to wait for her first World Cup victory. Before this season, she last made it onto the podium in January 3 when she came second in the downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.

Delago fell in the finish area but was uninjured. © APA/afp / JOE KLAMAR

Cornelia Hütter's cheering knew no bounds. The Austrian, who was fourth in the downhill rankings before the race, 72 points behind Gut-Behrami, came out on top in the final downhill ahead of the Slovenian Ilka Stuhec (+0,17 seconds). Gut-Behrami, however, didn't get past 17th place. The Austrian Stephanie Venier, who was third and 68 points behind before the race also still had a chance of getting the ball, ended up in 6th place.

Cornelia Hütter is happy about the crystal ball. © APA / BARBARA GINDL

In the end, Hütter took the downhill ball with 397 points ahead of Gut-Behrami (369), Azzurra Sofia Goggia (350) and Venier (346). For Goggia, the season ended at the beginning of February due to an injury. Until then she had led the downhill rankings. The defending champion has already won the small crystal ball in the downhill four times, most recently from 2021 to 2023 in a row.

For the ÖSV women it was the first crystal ball in the speed area since Nicole Schmidhofer in the downhill in 2019. Gut-Behrami leaves with the 3 crystal balls for the overall World Cup, Super-G and giant slalom. The Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel ended her career in 20th place.

Delayed start

The trainers' request for a start time of 9 a.m., where the conditions would have been ideal, was not fulfilled because the TV broadcast would have clashed with that of the ski flying in Planica. When it was time to start at 11.15:15 a.m., the wind had already picked up, which is why some gates were replaced with individual poles because of the flickering flags. This resulted in a delay of almost XNUMX minutes.

After start number 2 we stopped again because a slider had fallen and had to be treated. As the bad weather front approached, it became increasingly dark, but it didn't become the wind lottery we had feared.


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