Stuhec doubles up as downhill taste hooks Shiffrin

Ilka Stuhec completed a stunning double success at the FIS World Cup downhill event in Lake Louise on Saturday, with slalom queen Mikaela Shiffrin notably also in the field.

Stuhec followed up success on Friday to beat overall world champion Lara Gut into second place 24 hours later, with her time of one minute 24.95 seconds over a tenth quicker than the Swiss'.

The Slovenian former world FIS Junior Champion had never even finished on a World Cup podium before this weekend, but her back-to-back victories now leave her fourth on the overall leaderboard.

Stuhec said of an early start in Lake Louise due to bad weather: "I think it was really an advantage because right now the snowfall is getting worse and worse.

"But you race with the number you have and try to do your best. I had to calm myself down after yesterday and prepare myself for the race today which, apparently, I did pretty well."

Shiffrin still leads the way in the overall standings, having picked up slalom victories in Killington and Levi.

And after only a second-ever taste of the downhill, the Olympic slalom champion says she will be back for more.

"I don't know how many more downhills I'll do this year, but just doing it at all and feeling that speed is an amazing experience," Shiffrin was quoted as saying by US Ski Team. 

"I'll just try to lock that feeling away in my journal and then see what happens next time I do a downhill. 

"I'll be back on the downhill circuit, but I have to keep sight of my real goals this season."

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