Winter Olympics: Women’s Downhill – Live Updates and Results

Women's downhill at the 2022 Winter Olympics; skier Corinne Suter won gold
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Alpine skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics continued on Tuesday in Beijing (Monday night in the United States) with the women’s downhill. Switzerland’s Corinne Suter won the race, with Italy’s Sofia Goggia claiming silver and Nadia Delago earning bronze. See below for On Her Turf’s preview of the race, as well as live updates and results as it unfolded.

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Women’s Downhill – Live Updates:

10:32pm ET: After a 30-minute delay due to wind, we’re off! Italy’s Elena Curtoni is the first athlete down, clocking 1:32.87. We’ll see how that holds up.

10:35pm ET: Wondering why the skiers are wearing tape on their face? The cold. It is negative six degrees Fahrenheit on the slope this morning, and when you combine that with skiing 70-plus miles per hour? Yeah, I’d put tape on, too.

10:40pm ET: Oof. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic skis out. She’ll still leave Beijing with a gold medal… in snowboarding. Because that’s what Ester Ledecka does. She’s also planning to compete in alpine skiing’s combined event, too.

10:42pm ET: Wow. Elena Curtoni‘s time is looking better by the minute. After six racers – including 2018 downhill silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel – Curtoni is still in the leader’s chair. Most of the top skiers are still to come, though.

10:47pm ET: Canada’s Marie Michele-Gagnon skis into third, quickly replaced by Austria’s Mirjam Puchner.

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10:48pm ET: It is reportedly still very gusty on course (the reason for the 30-minute delay). That could have an impact on the results. As Mikaela Shiffrin said earlier this month, “You could do everything right and get a gust of wind and, that’s that.”

10:54pm ET: After 10 skiers, Italy’s Elena Curtoni is still in first, followed by Joana Haehlen (SUI) and Mirjam Puchner (AUT). Some big names – including Sofia Goggia and Shiffrin – still to come.

10:55pm ET: WOW. Italy’s Nadia Delago moves into first! That is a big surprise.

10:58pm ET: American Mikaela Shiffrin skis into 11th. Some very bouncy skis at points, as well as some challenging visibility at the end of the run.

11:00pm ET: Three weeks after a bad crash, Italy’s Sofia Goggia does Sofia Goggia things. In what looked like a VERY SKETCHY run at moments, she miraculously stayed on her feet and skis into first. Italy currently occupies all three medal positions. One of my favorite fun facts about Sofia Goggia: the intensity of her skiing inspired a new Italian word: “goggiate” (pron. GO-jee-ah-TAH). It is used to describe a mistake that occurs when you’re going ALL OUT. No goggiates in that run, though! She could become the second person to ever win back-to-back Olympic downhills.

Video of Sofia Goggia’s downhill run at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

11:04pm ET: Spoke too soon. Goggia moves into silver-medal position following a stellar run from Switzerland’s Corinne Suter, the reigning world champion in this event.

11:08pm ET: Germany’s Kira Weidle, one of the fastest athletes in the training runs, just misses the podium, crossing the line into fourth.

11:12pm ET: Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami – who already has two medals from these 2022 Winter Olympics (gold in super-G, bronze in giant slalom) – finishes well off the pace in 16th. Because the top skiers go in the top-20, the podium is starting to look more secure… not confirmed yet, though.

11:18pm ET: Let’s take a look at the athlete currently in bronze-medal position: Italy’s Nadia Delago. She has 47 World Cup starts in the last three years, but has never recorded a podium finish before. She did record two top-fives last month, though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by her result in Beijing! Her older sister, Nicol Delago, also competed in today’s downhill and is currently in 11th.

11:23pm ET: Also worth taking a closer look at Corinne Suter‘s impressive resume. While the 27-year-old hasn’t had the best results of her career this year, she has been remarkably consistent over the last few years. She claimed medals in both the downhill and super-G at two straight world championships (2019, 2021).

11:32pm ET: Eek. A very scary crash from France’s Camille Cerutti. She goes down hard into the nets.

11:34pm ET: “It was super fun,” Mikaela Shiffrin tells NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis. “The speeds were up and the wind was playing around a little.” Looking ahead to the alpine combined (Wednesday night in the United States, Thursday morning in Beijing), Shiffrin says: “I think I have a shot and that’s really nice. So I’ll go for it and we’ll see.”

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin’s interview after the women’s downhill: 

11:44pm ET: The race is still on hold following the Cerutti’s crash.

11:50pm ET: And we’re back…

11:53pm ET: American Jackie Wiles skis into 21st. Wiles, 29, made her Olympic debut in 2014, but the Oregon native didn’t compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics after a downhill crash the weekend before the Games resulted in a broken left leg and torn ACL. She ultimately spent 22 months away from the World Cup before returning.

Keely Cashman will be the top American today in 17th, while Shiffrin sits in 18th. The 22-year-old Cashman, who grew up in Strawberry, California, is making her Olympic debut in Beijing. The fourth American, Alix Wilkinson, recorded a DNF.

12:08am ET: The final skier, China’s Kong Fanying, crosses the line, 12.66 seconds behind Corinne Suter‘s winning time.

Who are the downhill medal favorites at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is slated to compete, but she isn’t the favorite. This will mark the first time the three-time overall World Cup champion enters the downhill at an Olympics or world championships. Earlier at these 2022 Winter Olympics, Shiffrin skied out of two of her best events – giant slalom and slalom – but she said competing in last week’s super-G helped her regain some of her confidence. Today’s event will also provide Shiffrin with more preparation for the combined, where she is a medal favorite.

Italy’s Sofia Goggia enters as the defending Olympic gold medalist. After a stellar start to the 2021-22 season, Goggia was the heavy favorite for a repeat performance in Beijing – until a rough crash three weeks ago resulted in a left knee sprain, partially torn ligament, and “minor” fibula fracture. After two solid training runs, though, Goggia appears to be in the mix.

Other top contenders include reigning downhill world champ Corinne Suter of Switzerland, dual alpine skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, and Lara Gut-Behrami, who already has two medals from these Beijing Winter Games. Other names to watch: Germany’s Kira Weidle, Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, Austria’s Christine Scheyer. Switzerland’s Joana Haehlen posted the top time in the final training run, a surprising result.

One athlete who won’t be in Beijing is American Breezy Johnson. Like Goggia, Johnson was a clear favorite with a remarkable string of success in the lead-up to Beijing. But one day after the 2022 U.S. Olympic team was confirmed, Johnson announced that she had to withdraw from the Games due to an injury in a training crash.

How is downhill different from the other alpine skiing events?

Downhill is the fastest alpine skiing race. One run determines the winner. It is the only event in which athletes take training runs on the course; ahead of every other alpine skiing event, athletes are only allowed to inspect the course, but not ski it.

Downhill courses features minimal turns, with athletes essentially skiing straight down the mountain.

That said, women’s downhill often looks quite different than men’s downhill.

“It seems like they have completely different ideas of what downhill for men looks like compared to downhill for women,” said Alice Merryweather, a current member of the U.S. ski team who was taken out of Olympic contention after a serious crash last September. “They’ll shave all of our jumps down, they’ll end races early if a jump is too big.”

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How to watch the women’s downhill at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

Event Date/Time (U.S. Eastern) Date/Time (Beijing, China) How to Watch 
Alpine Skiing – Women’s Super-G 2/14/22 10:30 PM 2/15/22 11:30 AM NBC | Peacock |

Women’s Downhill – Beijing Olympic Course Stats:

  • Course name: Rock
  • Vertical drop: 765 meters
  • Course length: 2704 meters
  • Course setter: Jean Philippe Vulliet

Women’s Downhill – Start List:

1 – ITA – Elena CURTONI
2 – FRA – Romane MIRADOLI
3 – SUI – Jasmine FLURY
4 – SUI – Joana HAEHLEN
5 – CZE – Ester LEDECKA
6 – NOR – Ragnhild MOWINCKEL
8 – CAN – Marie-Michele GAGNON
9 – AUT – Mirjam PUCHNER
10 – ITA – Nicol DELAGO
11 – ITA – Nadia DELAGO
12 – USA – Mikaela SHIFFRIN
13 – ITA – Sofia GOGGIA
14 – SLO – Ilka STUHEC
15 – SUI – Corinne SUTER
16 – FRA – Laura GAUCHE
17 – GER – Kira WEIDLE
18 – AUT – Cornelia HUETTER
20 – AUT – Tamara TIPPLER
22 – FRA – Tiffany GAUTHIER
23 – NZL – Alice ROBINSON
24 – BIH – Elvedina MUZAFERIJA
25 – ROC – Julia PLESHKOVA
26 – USA – Keely CASHMAN
27 – FRA – Camille CERUTTI
28 – AUS – Greta SMALL
29 – SLO – Marusa SAIONI FERK
30 – USA – Jacqueline WILES
31 – CAN – Roni REMME
32 – AND – Cande MORENO
33 – CZE – Tereza NOVA
34 – SRB – Nevena IGNJATOVIC
35 – CZE – Barbora NOVAKOVA
36 – CHN – KONG Fanying

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Diana Flores looks to break down gender barriers with turn as AFC defensive coordinator in 2023 Pro Bowl

Courtesy Diana Flores

Diana Flores admits she was surprised when she became a viral sensation last spring, courtesy of a 15-second slow-motion clip showcasing her evasive maneuvers and fancy footwork while leaving at least three defenders in the dirt during Mexico’s 2022 national collegiate flag football championship.

“I never expected someone to record that moment,” said Mexico City native Flores, who led her team – the Monterrey Tech Borregos – to their third consecutive national title as a senior last May. “I was just having fun. I was just playing the game I love and then days later to see that it was viral on the internet — it was crazy. But at the same time, it was exciting because I remember when I was younger, I didn’t have a lot of flag football role models to follow. So now, for me to be a role model for many boys and girls that play my sport is something that really makes me happy and proud and also motivates me to keep getting better.”

Flores, who led the Mexico Women’s National Flag Football Team to a gold medal at the 2022 World Games, will have the chance to promote her sport on one of the world’s biggest stages this weekend when she serves as the AFC defensive coordinator for the NFL’s 2023 Pro Bowl Games, featuring the first-ever AFC vs. NFC Flag football games on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Organized in partnership with RCX Sports, the NFL’s flag football operating partner, and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), Sunday’s Pro Bowl event will feature three 7-on-7 AFC vs. NFC flag games. Each game will be 20 minutes in length (two halves) and played on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones. Flores will be joined by Peyton Manning as the AFC head coach and Ray Lewis as defensive coordinator. On the NFC side, U.S. Women’s National Flag Football team quarterback Vanita Krouch will serve as offensive coordinator, with Eli Manning as NFC head coach and DeMarcus Ware as defensive coordinator.

“I think that this has been one of the best things in my life,” she recently told On Her Turf about her Pro Bowl appointment. “It is like a dream. I mean, I grew up watching football, watching the NFL, playing flag football. And now to be able to be part of all of this — it is bigger than my biggest dreams.”

Flores’ football dreams began as when she was just 8 years old. Her father — who played quarterback for the perennial football powerhouse Monterrey Tech program — took her to a practice and she fell in love with the sport. But as the time there were no teams for girls her age, so she played with girls twice her age and used it to her advantage, focusing on her own abilities and sharpening her skills. By age 14 she was playing NFL Flag in Mexico, where she was the only girl in the league, and at 15 she started playing NFL Flag in the U.S, where she finally played on an all-girls team.

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“I remember when I started playing, I used to receive a lot of like comments, directly and indirectly from other people, like, ‘Why do you play that sport? That’s not a girls’ sport, that sport is for boys, you’re get injured, you’re going to get hurt, don’t play with boys, that’s too rude.’ And the list keeps going. But my mom and dad were so supportive. They always encouraged me not to listen to anybody, to just follow my passion.

“And I think thanks to them, I’ve always had this mentality that gender doesn’t matter. It just matters how passionate you are about your dreams, how hard you work for what you want to achieve. And that you will always demonstrate what you’re made for, depending on the hard work you do. So, I’ve lived through that [negativity], I have experienced that. And I think that it has been one of my biggest blessings to be able to experience — for myself — what sport can do and how gender barriers get broken when you follow your dreams and you connect with other people through your passion.”

At just 16 years old, Flores made Mexico’s national team, playing in the first of four Flag Football World Championships – so far. Last summer at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, the 24-year-old Flores led Mexico to a 6-0 record, which included two wins over the U.S. women, who took silver. In the gold medal game against the United States, she completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 210 yards and four touchdowns in Mexico’s 39-6 victory. She finished the tournament with 23 touchdown passes, the third-most among women’s teams, and she was the only starting quarterback to beat USA’s star QB, Krouch, who is 19-1 in international tournament play.

All that international experience so early in her career has given Flores a wise-beyond-her-years approach to playing flag football, a sport where she was frequently the only female player on the field and often the only Latin American as well.

“When I first came to the U.S., it was a little shocking to notice that I was probably the only Latin American girl playing,” she recalls. “But I think that it was easy for me because I got all the support from my coaches and my teammates. And since a young age, I think that I started to realize that sometimes what you do is for something bigger than yourself. That’s why you have to always give your best, in any situation. Even at that young age, I understood that I was representing more than myself on the field, I was representing Latin American people, Latin American girls in a sport that [many people thought] was meant to be for boys.”

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One door Flores hopes to help open is the one leading to the Olympics. Flag football is on the short list being considered for inclusion in Los Angeles in 2028 Los Angeles. As an ambassador for flag football for the NFL and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), she’s participated in talks with the International Olympic Committee, and just last month she was joined by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in Mexico City where they joined forced to promote women’s empowerment and inclusion.

“I think for me, that experience is one of my top three,” she said of spending time with Biden. “I call them gifts from life, something that you didn’t expect it to happen, and somehow, one day, you’re right there in front of the First Lady. I admire her for what she does for boys and girls, for empowering woman and giving opportunities for everybody to achieve their dreams. So it was truly an honor to meet her, and also to be able to keep impacting my sport, not only on the field, but [off] the field, and have the opportunity keep inspiring others and keep impacting the world.”

As for what she hopes fans at the Pro Bowl and viewers at home take away from Sunday’s flag football showcase, Flores hopes they’ll see the characteristics that made her fall in love with flag in the first place: creativity, speed, agility, teamwork, passion and a lot of heart.

“I hope to show to all little girls and women that dreams come true, that nothing is impossible, to keep inspiring and opening opportunities and doors for women in sports, especially in the world of the NFL and football and flag football,” she says. “We’re going to make history, and I am so proud and happy for that. I’m really hoping that it is just the first step, not only for me, but for all the women that are coming after me.”

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Flag football star Vanita Krouch ‘living the dream’ ahead of NFL Pro Bowl debut as NFC coordinator


When Vanita Krouch got the news that she was named NFC defensive coordinator for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games, featuring the first-ever AFC vs. NFC Flag football games on Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Flag Football team quarterback admits her jaw nearly hit the ground.

And then she realized something even more profound.

“For the longest time, thinking about the moment, everything, you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is a dream come true. Is this really happening?’” said the 42-year-old Krouch, known as the “Tom Brady of flag football” with a 19-1 record as USA’s starting quarterback in international tournaments since 2018.

“But then I started thinking to myself: You know what? None of us grew up thinking of this as a dream to obtain. So really, it’s kind of reversed where I’m living a dream. I get to be a pioneer in this growth of flag football for all and inclusion for all, youth and adults, [women and men]. It’s such an inclusive sport, and I get to be a part of this growth and still actively play. It’s exciting. I’m literally living the dream. I’m very much like, ‘Guys, don’t pinch me. Let me keep sleeping.’”

Organized in partnership with RCX Sports, the NFL’s flag football operating partner, and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), Sunday’s Pro Bowl event will feature three 7-on-7 AFC vs. NFC flag games. Each game will be 20 minutes in length (two halves) and played on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones. Krouch will be joined by Eli Manning as NFC head coach and DeMarcus Ware as NFC defensive coordinator. On the AFC side, Mexico Women’s National Flag Football quarterback Diana Flores will serve as offensive coordinator, with Peyton Manning as head coach and Ray Lewis as defensive coordinator.

But Krouch’s journey to the Pro Bowl stage began under the unlikeliest of circumstances and was inspired by her own family odyssey, which began in Cambodia during the horrific regime of the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. Krouch’s mother, Phonnary Krouch, fled the country with three young sons in tow, running by night and hiding by day to escape, finding safety initially at a refugee camp in the Philippines. That’s where she welcomed Vanita, in September 1980, and two months later the family made its way to the United States. Krouch’s father exited the picture upon their arrival in America, leaving Phonnary to raise four children alone.

“In a nutshell, my mom is an amazing woman,” said Krouch, who first found sports via an elementary school flyer advertising youth soccer in Carrollton, Texas. “On the journey, she had a lot of trials, tribulations, … and after our dad left us, it was just mom and four kids in this little one-bedroom apartment. So, it was a challenge. I’m just so amazed by her strength and will to never give up.”

She also credits her mom for standing up to then-stereotypical notions that Asian girls should not play sports.

“I’m just thankful, honestly, that my mom allowed me to break the Asian culture barriers of a woman playing sports because that’s not easy,” she said. “She faced a lot of backlash from the community. But she said, ‘Hey, my child’s making good grades. She’s healthy, she’s good. She’s staying off the streets. I don’t see a problem.’ And she just let me do it. I was just lucky to have a mom that let me spread my wings.”

Krouch also had a few mentors along the way. Her elementary school PE teacher, Toni Neibes, stepped in to pay for those initial soccer fees and continued her support as Krouch transitioned to basketball in the fourth grade. She fell in love with the sport and excelled at it as well, eventually earning a full scholarship to play college basketball at Southern Methodist University. She wears the No. 4 to this day in honor of Niebes, who wore the same number as a young athlete. She also credits her fourth-grade teacher, Judy Ward, as having a lasting impact after the teacher made a habit out of showing up for her youth basketball games.

She pays tribute to them both through her clothing line, 4Ward Apparel, which features ever-changing collections emblazoned with relevant slogans encouraging female empowerment, inclusion and her personal mantra of “paying it forward” – something she does with the line itself. Each month, Krouch donates a portion of the sales to individuals, families or organizations in need.

After graduating SMU in 2003, Krouch continued to play basketball in semi-pro and adult leagues, but she was still searching for something to satisfy her competitive drive. She and a former college teammate stumbled on flag football during a Google search for local Dallas-area activities, and the rest – as they say – is history.

“It was like I drank the Kool Aid and I never looked back,” she says of her start in flag in 2006. “It’s just like every game, every play is a new challenge, and it’s addictive for a competitor, so I just fell in love with flag. I actually think I’m way better at flag than I was at basketball.”

She moved into the quarterback position through some sly maneuvering by current USA Women’s Flag Football head coach Chris Lankford. They were playing together in a local tournament when he “tricked” her into the QB position, despite Krouch knowing “zero football language.”

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“One day I showed up for a tournament and I asked, ‘All right, guys, who’s our quarterback?’ And he says, ‘We’re looking at her,’” she remembers. They kept the plays simple, and her team made it to the playoffs that season. Krouch has been a QB ever since.

Krouch joined the national team in 2016 and was inducted into the National Flag and Touch Football Hall Fame that same year. Last year at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, a 41-year-old Krouch set a new mark as the oldest Flag football player, man or woman, in the games, and she ranked second among women with 25 touchdown passes at the tournament where USA won silver.

She aims to bring that expertise to the field at the Pro Bowl games, where she’s looking forward to seeing NFL players take on the flag football style type of plays. “Flag is a very finesse, quick game, a lot of footwork, and these guys can’t grab or hold, no downfield contact or downfield block or anything off the line,” she explains. “So it’s going to be exciting just to see skill for skill, footwork for footwork, defense to offense, and to see flag football language with those type of elite athletes.”

As for the biggest challenge, Krouch believes it will be crafting a concise playbook and language that puts everyone on the same page. “A challenge for me is getting a coach’s mindset,” she adds, “I have to actually come up with plays ahead of time and I don’t usually have premeditated plays in my head. I just read it so for me to tell Kirk Cousins or Geno Smith [what to do], it will be different, you know?”

But beyond the Pro Bowl, Krouch is excited that flag is being considered for inclusion as an exhibition sport in the 2028 Summer Olympics. While she’s keeping a hopeful eye on that development, she’s also working to shape the next generation of potential athletes as a physical education teacher at La Villita Elementary in Irving, Texas.

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“It’s an honor to be a role model – for other youth flag football players, for my students, both boys and girls,” says Krouch. “Then at my campus and in my community, it’s amazing to be able to break the barrier of like, ‘Asian women can’t do this.’ And then to be at my age, still doing this, I feel very lucky and blessed. …I think I still got some years in me.”

As for what she hopes viewers and fans walk away with after watching the Pro Bowl flag games this weekend, Krouch feels confident folks will walk away enlightened by the show.

“I just hope that they have fun with it,” says Krouch. “And for those who don’t know flag to be like, ‘Wow, that’s really amazing. Maybe that’s something I really can get my son or daughter into at a young age.’ So I just hope that they see that the sport is real – it’s not just something we play at recess. It’s a real thing now. I think they’ll see that the world loves it, the world can play it and is playing it.”

Be sure to check back with On Her Turf later this week when we catch up with AFC coordinator and Mexico Women’s National Flag Football Team quarterback Diana Flores.  

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