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Alpine skiing: Goergl pips Hoefl-Riesch to super-G win

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Austria's Elisabeth Goergl claimed her second World Cup victory of the month after dominating Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch to win the women's super-G at Cortina d'Ampezzo on Thursday.

In changing weather conditions Goergl, starting ninth, clocked a winning time of 1min 24.23sec for the Olympia delle Tofane course with Hoefl-Riesch, starting 21st, second at just 0.04s.

Another Austrian, Nicole Hosp -- who started 11th from the field -- finished third at 0.34. Goergl won the women's downhill at Altenmarkt, Austria earlier this month to claim her first victory of the season.

With the Olympic Games three weeks away, Goergl's second victory in succession appears to have given her a boost before her trip to Sochi -- but statistics for the super-G suggest otherwise.

On five previous occasions a women's super-G was held in Cortina a month before the Games but none of the five winners at the Italian Dolomites venue won Olympic gold in the discipline.

However a number of potential gold medal winners in Sochi were not far off the podium.

Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather finished fourth at 0.69, Anna Fenninger of Austria was fifth at 0.74 and last year's World Cup champion, Slovenian Tina Maze, was 0.92 off the pace in sixth. All four were late starters.

American Julia Mancuso, who started 18th, was almost a second off the pace in 0.98 although Swiss Lara Gut, the World Cup super-G leader, could only finish 19th, at 1.80 adrift.

Two women's downhills are set to be held, on Friday and Saturday, while a second women's super-G is scheduled for Sunday.

Cortina d'Ampezzo was set to host a super-G and downhill last week but both races were cancelled and rescheduled due to heavy snowfall.

The Italian venue is also staging a downhill and a super-G that were originally scheduled at the German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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