When Tina Maze officially announced her retirement in October, fans may have wondered who would step up to carry the torch for Slovenia. It seems like Ilka Stuhec is the answer. On Friday in Val d’Isere, France, the Slovenian earned her third World Cup win of the season and her first ever in alpine combined. After skiing to third in the morning downhill run, she turned up the heat in slalom, winning with race with a combined time of 2:40.33. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin finished in second, just 0.12 seconds off of the pace, while Italy’s Sofia Goggia rounded out the podium in third place.

The three women on the podium were a particularly cheerful trio during the flower ceremony as it was the first time on the alpine combined podium for all of them. Stuhec teared up as her national anthem played, and Gisin and Goggia enjoyed champagne showers and danced fearlessly in the finish area. Their happiness was palpable.

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Stuhec, though not a slalom skier, managed to power to a win thanks to a strong second run.

“It feels great like every win. Well, all three of them,” she shared. “I felt confident in the start of the slalom, but still I know I could push a bit more, but maybe one part of me just wanted to get to the finish as well. But apparently, fast enough.”

For the Slovenian, it was particularly rewarding because of the role her mom plays on her team: ski technician.

“It’s really nice to have my mom around all the time,” she said. “I’m really glad that she does that even though it’s really hard work and it gets really tiring for her, but in the moments like this, I think everything is repaid.”

The Slovenian now leads in the alpine combined and downhill standings. Behind her in the race was Gisin, who came up with a new word to describe her emotions after earning her first World Cup podium.

“Amazing – I feel champagned,” she said excitedly. “I invented a new word because Ilka, when she opened the bottle, it was all in my eyes, so I couldn’t see and I just started to cry and run around the girls. But it’s so cool, I’m so happy, just overwhelming joy.”

The Swiss athlete admitted that it hasn’t been an easy start to the season, saying that she lost her confidence after Killington. However, thanks to the people who support her, she was able to enjoy the freedom of skiing again and get her groove back.

The Italian who accompanied her on the podium seems to have found her groove in every event she competes in. Goggia’s third place finish today marked her fifth World Cup podium. She has now earned a top-3 result in giant slalom, super-G, downhill and alpine combined, all in this season.

“It feels great,” she shared. “No other words needed. Great.”

True to form, when asked about future goals and a potential run for the overall title, she said she does not want to focus on the future.

“You know my philosophy of living: I’m just focusing day by day,” she said. “Tomorrow is another race, and tomorrow I’m going to do my best in downhill. But of course I’m not thinking of the overall. It’s so far away, I can’t see it.”

Even if she can’t see it, Friday’s results put her in second place in the overall rankings, just 91 points behind American Mikaela Shiffrin and 14 points ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who did not finish the slalom run in the alpine combined.

American Laurenne Ross might be looking ahead to tomorrow with excitement after showing her speed in the downhill portion of the alpine combined. The U.S. Ski Team athlete won the run and ultimately ended the day in 10th place, her second-best result ever in the discipline. Teammate Jacqueline Wiles finished the day in 32nd while Breezy Johnson did not start second run and Stacey Cook did not finish first run.

The women’s World Cup races continue on Saturday with the downhill race.


Top 10

  1. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli / Lange / Marker
  2. Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  6. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  7. Denise Feierabend (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  8. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Rosina Schneeberger (AUT) – Voelkl / Marker /Lange
  10. Laurenne Ross (USA) – Voelkl / Marker / Dalbello

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 8 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 2:40.33 0.00
 2 23 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 2:40.45 +0.12 0.86
 3 20 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 2:40.49 +0.16 1.15
 4 5 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 2:40.91 +0.58 4.16
 5 7 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 2:40.96 +0.63 4.52
 6 10 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 2:41.00 +0.67 4.81
 7 9 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 2:41.69 +1.36 9.75
 8 17 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA 2:42.24 +1.91 13.70
 9 22 56241SCHNEEBERGER Rosina1994AUT 2:42.66 +2.33 16.71
 10 12 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 2:42.81 +2.48 17.79
 11 36 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT 2:42.92 +2.59 18.58
 12 2 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO 2:43.17 +2.84 20.37
 13 29 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 2:43.18 +2.85 20.44
 14 19 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 2:43.20 +2.87 20.59
 15 11 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 2:43.40 +3.07 22.02
 16 13 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 2:43.53 +3.20 22.95
 17 14 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 2:43.57 +3.24 23.24
 18 18 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 2:43.72 +3.39 24.32
 19 26 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 2:43.74 +3.41 24.46
 20 30 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 2:43.79 +3.46 24.82
 21 3 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 2:43.93 +3.60 25.82
 22 21 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 2:44.15 +3.82 27.40
 23 34 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 2:44.38 +4.05 29.05
 24 35 315187IGNJATOVIC Nevena1990SRB 2:44.45 +4.12 29.55
 25 32 196812PELLISSIER Marion1988FRA 2:44.97 +4.64 33.28
 26 16 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI 2:45.27 +4.94 35.43
 27 40 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 2:45.28 +4.95 35.50
 28 33 565401BUCIK Ana1993SLO 2:45.48 +5.15 36.94
 29 47 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 2:45.68 +5.35 38.37
 30 24 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA 2:45.94 +5.61 40.24
 31 38 56258AGER Christina1995AUT 2:45.95 +5.62 40.31
 32 44 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 2:46.09 +5.76 41.31
 33 6 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO 2:46.50 +6.17 44.26
 34 48 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 2:47.16 +6.83 48.99
 35 37 297195HOFER Anna1988ITA 2:47.21 +6.88 49.35
 36 41 56328ORTLIEB Nina1996AUT 2:47.59 +7.26 52.07
 37 39 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER 2:48.04 +7.71 55.30
 38 49 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG 2:51.59 +11.26 80.76
Disqualified 2nd run
 42 206668WEIDLE Kira1996GER
Disqualified 1st run
 31 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE
Did not start 2nd run
 51 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN
 50 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA
 43 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI
Did not finish 2nd run
 46 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON
 15 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA
 1 516138GUT Lara1991SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 52 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN
 45 537582COOK Stacey1984USA
 28 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA
 27 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER
 25 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA
 4 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA