Sofia Goggia wins 7th consecutive downhill; Breezy Johnson clinches Olympic spot

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Italian Sofia Goggia won her seventh consecutive World Cup downhill start, while American Breezy Johnson clinched a spot on her second Olympic team on Saturday.

Goggia, bidding in February to become the second skier to repeat as Olympic downhill champion, prevailed by .27 of a second over Johnson in Val d’Isere, France. Austrian Mirjam Puchner was third.

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Goggia broke her tie with Lindsey Vonn and Picabo Street for the longest women’s downhill win streak in the last 40 years. Goggia missed two downhills during her run, plus last season’s world championships, after fracturing a bone in her right knee in a crash.

Only Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll had a longer streak with runs of eight and 11 wins in a row in the 1970s.

Johnson, 25, earned her third consecutive World Cup downhill runner-up to Goggia. She clinched U.S. Olympic qualifying criteria with one downhill remaining in the selection period, joining Mikaela Shiffrin on the provisional Olympic team.

Johnson has six World Cup downhill podiums between the last two seasons, all second- and third-place finishes.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard is not expected to officially name team members until next month. They must be approved by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

The women’s World Cup continues with a super-G on Sunday, including Shiffrin.

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