Merryweather Posts World Cup Career-Best Downhill In Garmisch
Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) posted her first career top-10 downhill result in Sunday’s FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, finishing eighth on a bumpy, challenging Kandahar track.
“I am super excited with eighth place today,” said Merryweather, whose previous career best was 19th in downhill at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado in 2017. “First top 10...and it feels really, really good.”
However, she had a wait a long time to achieve her career best as six races starting in front of her failed to finish, causing numerous course hold.
“It took a long time to get to me today, and despite all the course holds, I kept a really calm head and I kept it together and I think that I skied the way that I know I can,” Merryweather said. “I’ve been skiing super well in training and just working on my mental state on race day because I think that is what has been holding me back. The whole weekend I’ve been super, super relaxed and laid back, and for me, that’s the key, relaxing and putting together a race run, trusting my skiing, and I fully did that today.”
Austria’s Stephanie Venier won her first career downhill, as Italy’s Sofia Goggia continued her impressive return to the World Cup circuit after suffering an early-season leg injury, finishing second for the second straight day at Garmisch. Germany’s Kira Weidle was third. Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) was 14th.
Up next, the women compete in giant slalom and slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, Friday and Saturday, prior to the 2019 FIS World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, Feb. 4-17.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Sunday, Jan. 27
9:00 p.m. - Women’s downhill - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - NBCSN*
Monday, Jan. 28
4:00 p.m. - Men’s downhill and super-G - Kitzbuehel, AUT - NBCSN**
Tuesday, Jan. 29
11:00 p.m. - Men’s slalom - Kitzbuehel, AUT - NBCSN**
Friday, Feb. 1
4:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 1 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 2 - Maribor, SLO - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. - Women’s giant slalom - Maribor, SLO - NBCSN*
Saturday, Feb. 2
4:00 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 1 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. - Men’s downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 2 - Maribor, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
Sunday, Feb. 3
2:00 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom - Maribor, SLO - NBCSN**
4:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 1- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 2 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
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