Birth of a New Ski Star: Ilka Štuhec Wins the World Cup Stage

Slovenian skier Ilka Štuhec won the downhill skiing stage at the World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada.

Second place went to the Italian Sofia Goggia, being 0.22 seconds behind the winner, the Swede Kajsa Kling finished third, while the acting World Cup winner Lara Gut got by with the fourth place. The leader of the overall standings Mikaela Shiffrin also took part in the competition (18th place). This year, she is competing for the big crystal globe at speed skiing.

Incredibly Successful Start

Ilka Štuhec toed the starting line on the Stoeckli skis following the example of her famous compatriot Tina Maze and showed the best time at all intermediate stages of the race. She performed in the best traditions of the legendary American skier Lindsey Caroline Vonn, the Queen of Lake Louise (14 wins in downhill skiing), who finished her career due to injury, in a confident, elegant and very fast manner. Within half a minute after the start, she had 0.63 second of advantage over the Italian Sofia Goggia.

Ilka Štuhec: the Girl Who Knows How to Raise Dust

The 26-year-old native of Styria Ilka Štuhec, who won twice at the World Youth Championships (in 2007—slalom and in 2008—downhill skiing), finally showed her potential by scoring her first win at the World Cup stage. Now we can confidently say that after exactly two years since the final triumph of its most titled representative Tina Maze (12 December 2014, giant slalom in Åre), the Slovenian mountain skiing has a new winner of the World Cup stage.

Ilka Štuhec