Switzerland's Corinne Rey-Bellet had to settle for fourth place at the world championships once again on Tuesday as Austrian skiers snatched all three podium places in the downhill race.
Rey-Bellet, who also finished fourth in Friday's combined race, was agonisingly close to a medal for the second time in five days. Just over half a second separated the Swiss skier from the third-placed Austrian, Selina Heregger.
"I'm a little bit frustrated," Rey-Bellet told swissinfo after the race. "It's the second time I'm fourth and I was sixth in the super-G. It's close to the podium."
Austria's former downhill world champion Renate Götschl could only manage the silver this time around, conceding gold to team-mate Michaela Dorfmeister by less than two tenths of a second.
Götschl's silver nevertheless marked a remarkable comeback following last week's dramatic crashes in both the super-G and the combined event - motivation perhaps for Rey-Bellet who will now be hoping to make it fourth time lucky in Friday's giant slalom.
by Mark Ledsom