Swiss skier Jasmine Flury on the downhill track at the World Championships in Méribel, France on February 11, 2023.
Méribel (France) – Jasmine Flury surprisingly became the downhill world champion. The twenty-nine-year-old Swiss skier, who has never been in the top ten at a major event, beat Austrian Nina Ortliebová by four hundredths of a second. Another Swiss, Corinne Suterová, the defending champion and reigning Olympic champion, won the bronze. In the end, the favored Italian Sofia Goggia did not pass the gate and was disqualified.
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< p>Fluryvá started second and after a solid ride balanced in all passages, she sat in the chair for the leading competitor. Unexpectedly, she stayed on it until the end, because one favorite after another was slower. Goggia was also slightly losing, who, moreover, staggered in the final passage, hit the goal and crossed the finish line with a loss of 47 hundredths. Then it turned out that she had one ski between the goal posts, so she was disqualified.
Ortlieb, the daughter of Albertville 1992 Olympic winner Patrick Ortlieb, turned her first start at the world championship into silver. Suterová has the fifth precious metal from the World Cup. The fourth woman from the last WC, Ester Ledecká, is not competing at this year's World Championship after repeated collarbone surgery.
Women – downhill: 1. Fluryová (Switzerland) 1:28.03, 2 Ortliebová (Austria) -0.04, 3. Suterová (Switzerland) -0.12, 4. Hütterová and Puchnerová (both Austria) -0.37, 6. Štuhecová (Slovenia) -0.42.