Tina Weirather was able to feel like a winner until the start number 25. Then came Christine Scheyer and undercut the best time of the Liechtenstein woman by 39 hundredths. The Vorarlberg had previously been ranked first in the World Cup, nine times a month ago in the descent in Val d’Isère. But on the way to Zauchensee, the 22-year-old felt comfortable right away. In the morning in the training, which could be finally carried out after two futile attempts, she had become second.
Christine Scheyer had already learned about the shadows as a skier. In the summer of 2013, she suffered a cruciate ligament fracture in her right knee in the training camp in New Zealand, and a year and a half later she contracted the same injury in the left knee.
Lara Gut seemed to have secured another podium, but the American Jacqueline Wiles, who had just started behind Christine Scheyer, was one hundredths faster than the Ticino, and so took the second surprise of the day. Jacqueline Wiles had also made the leap into the top ten in the World Cup, as a tenth of a good month in the Super-G in Lake Louise. In the downhill, she finished 15th, three years ago in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Two Swiss women from the second guards also made a name for themselves. Priska Nufer and the Graubner Jasmine Flury were eighth and tenth. Both gave best results. Priska Nufer, who had not gone above 20th place in the downhill so far, had ranked as high as 12th in the Super-G in Val d’Isère until Sunday. Jasmine Flury, eleven in that race, won her first points in a World Cup downhill.
Joana Hählen was the best rider in the downhill race. Corinne Suter was fifteen, Fabienne Suter missed the first 20 on her return to the meniscus surgery one month ago.
Lindsey Vonn was thirteen on her comeback. The American, who had broken her right upper arm two months ago in the training at Copper Mountain, had her first World Cup race for nearly a year. The Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, who had won the previous three downhill runs of the winter, finished fifth.
World Cup Women’s
Zauchensee (AUT). World Cup Women’s Downhill: 1. Christine Scheyer (AUT) 1: 21.15. 2. Tina Weirather (LIE) 0.39. 3. Jacqueline Wiles (USA) 0.54. 4. Lara Gut (SUI) 0.55. 5. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) 0.58. 6. Johanna Schnarf (ITA) 1.15. Further: 8. Priska Nufer (SUI) 1.23. 10. Jasmine Flury (SUI) 1.32. 13. Lindsey Vonn (USA) 1.54. 14. Joana Hahl (SUI) 1.60. 15. Corinne Suter (SUI) 1.66. 22. Fabienne Suter (SUI) 2.05. 32. Michelle Gisin (SUI) 2.55. 37. Denise End of Work (SUI) 2.66.