Swiss skier Gisin triumphs again
Dominique Gisin of Switzerland continued her strong week of skiing, taking the World Cup downhill race in Italy on Saturday.
Gisin crossed the line on a shortened Olympia delle Tofane course in one minute, 16.98 seconds at Cortina D'Ampezzo. She had tied for the win in a downhill race last Sunday in Austria with Swedish veteran Anja Paerson.
Gisin said she tries to approach the race from a technical standpoint.
"Physical power is not the only force involved in skiing," she said.
Paerson was third at the Cortina downhill, behind overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn of the United States.
The Swede landed awkwardly on her left knee at one point.
"I had a big jump on the top and I got a little bit twisted in the air, so I had a really bad landing," she said. "Coming down it didn't feel that bad, then when I landed on the last jump, I felt a little pinching."
Canada's Kelly VanderBeek finished ninth in a time of 1:17.52. The Kitchener, Ont., native was third in downhill training for the race.
Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C., was 20th, with Emily Brydon of Fernie, B.C., in 31th place. Montreal's Emilie Desforges was 46th, with Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., in 54th.
Brydon was flying down the course but then had to touch her hand down to the snow to regain her balance after an error.
Vonn has 856 points for the overall World Cup lead. Germany's Maria Riesch — who finished tied for fifth on in Saturday's race — is next with 810 points, followed by Paerson at 762.
Gisin made gains on Vonn in the downhill standings, 14 points behind the total of 240 held by the American. Paerson has 160 points, with Riesch at 141.
Brydon is the top Canadian on both of those leaderboards. She is eighth in the downill standings with 81 points and 21st overall with 179 points.
Heavy snowfall affected the women's preparation this week and led to the shortened course. The plan was to also run a downhill race this week that had been postponed from late in 2008 in Lake Louise, Alta., but that didn't happen.
The next downhill will take place in early February in Val d'Isere, France. The women ski the giant slalom in Cortina on Sunday.
With files from the Associated Press