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Gogja wins Super-G title at Lake Louise and wins World Cup Three Pete

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Lake Louise — Sophia Gogja leaves a lot of hardware for the Canadian Rockies.

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The 29-year-old Italian won the Super-G event on Sunday, closing three petes, including a dominant downhill victory on Friday and Saturday.

“When I saw the green light today, it was an explosion in my mind,” Gogja said, referring to the finish timing board. “This is certainly the best because we were able to change the way we think about Super-G. This is something we couldn’t do last season.”

Gogja rushed into the finish line at the base of Banff Resort in 1 minute 18.28 seconds. Gogja, who returned five spots from his teammate Federica Brignone, said he had carefully watched his compatriots’ run and decided on the best line.

“I knew she was going to have a great race here, so I was looking at her to understand the speed of the course,” Gogja said. “Then I told myself to push and run the line I saw in the test and speed up at the end of the pitch.”

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“Today I was able to switch from downhill to Super-G, which was one of the best wins I’ve ever had. This is the first time I’ve been able to do this.”

Swiss runner-up Lara Gut-Behrami finished just 0.11 seconds behind Gogja. She said the Lake Louise track fits her ski style.

“The Lake Louise Super-G is something different,” Gut-Behrami said. “There are few meters between the gates and the timing is easy. At least I’m happy to have had a great ski for a minute today. In the last part, I was already a little weak.”

Austria’s Mirjam Puchner was third and made his second trip to the Lake Louise podium after finishing third on Friday’s downhill. Lac Etushman’s Marie Michelganyon was the top performing Canadian in 9th place, 1.03 seconds behind the leader.

At the end of the two-week race at Lake Louise, the calendar will move to Europe. The next women’s speed events will include Super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, starting December 11th, and Downhill and Super-G in Val d’Isere, France, starting December 18th.

Gogja wins Super-G title at Lake Louise and wins World Cup Three Pete

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