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Rey-Bellet charges to season's second podium finish

Corinne Rey-Bellet. Keystone / EPA Photo / Ansa / Carlo Ferraro /def / kr

Corinne Rey-Bellet has placed third in a World Cup downhill race in the Canadian ski resort of Lake Louise. Friday's podium finish came just one day after she placed a disappointing 19th in another downhill race for the Swiss skier.

This content was published on December 1, 2000 - 22:37

Italy's Isolde Kostner won Friday's race, while Carole Montillet of France placed second.

"My anger at Thursday's poor performance didn't last long, and it wasn't a problem for me to prepare for today's race," said Rey-Bellet in a post-race commentary.

She added: "The fact that I reacted to the considerable blow with such a successful performance makes today's victory even more significant to me."

The Swiss skier finished the race with a time of one minute 34.40 seconds in less than ideal conditions: the 2.6-kilometre men's Olympic downhill course, carved on Whitehorn Mountain, was totally covered in artificial snow.

Kostner, who was the hottest favourite going into the race, clocked 1:33.76. Montillet followed the Italian across the finish line just 0.48 seconds behind.

It was the second podium-finish for Rey-Bellet this season; she placed third in the Super-G last month at Aspen, Colorado.

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