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Sunday’s World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, was no cake walk. Nearly half the women’s field did not finish due to challenges with the technical set as well as an icy track and low light on the course. These realities did not hinder Lara Gut, who won the race with a final time of 1:17.92. The Swiss star was 0.67 seconds ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier in second and 0.86 seconds ahead of Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather in third.

Coming into the finish area, Gut shook her head, an indication that she did not feel her run was good enough to hold onto the lead.

“Our coaches set the super-G, and it was, for sure, more difficult than usually,” Gut said. “Lake Louise was really an easy super-G and in Val d’Isere, we had a lot of space between the gates, and here it was again more technical. I had to ski with my head, and I wasn’t so clean on my lines and not even on the ski. I had the feeling where it was turny in the middle part that I should have skied more on my skis and not just a passenger of my skis, so I wasn’t really satisfied about that.”

Gut handled her mistakes best on the day. With this victory, Gut becomes one of only four women ever to win the first three super-Gs of the season and marks her 11th World Cup super-G win. She currently leads the super-G standings with 300 points while Weirather sits in second with 220 points. This win is also crucial in Gut’s efforts to close the gap between her and the U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings. Gut now has 873 points, 135 points behind the American.

Weirather has also shown consistency in super-G this season, landing on the podium in every race so far.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,22.JAN.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, Super G, ladies. Image shows Stephanie Venier (AUT), Lara Gut (SUI) and Tina Weirather (LIE). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christopher Kelemen“Today, I really didn’t feel like it was going to be a good result when I crossed the finish line, but I think it’s just my super-G skiing is by far my best discipline right now, so I don’t need to have a perfect run to be further ahead than in downhill, for example, where I ski great and sometimes I end up 10th or something,” she said.

Between the two veterans was Venier, making her debut on the World Cup podium. The 23-year-old skier’s best result until Sunday was sixth place in Val d’Isere, France, this December.

“Everything is special,” she shared. “I’m on the podium, and it’s great, and it’s feeling so good, and I’m so happy.”

The Austrian continued to say that she knew she had the skills to make the podium even though she was a bit surprised with her result, and her next goal is to take the win.

Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday’s downhill, led for the Americans, landing in ninth place in her return to super-G.

“I mean I think it’s a good first step,” she said. “You know like in the downhill in Zauchensee, it took me one race to really get into it, so I think today was positive. I didn’t ski my best. I had some trouble with the ice, but I will train some more before Cortina. I love Cortina, so I’m really looking forward to next week.”

The U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross finished in 15th place. Breezy Johnson, Anna Marno and Jacqueline Wiles all managed to grab top 30 results, finishing in 27th, 28th and 30th, respectively. Alice Merryweather ended the day in 32nd position while Alice McKennis, Leanne Smith and Stacey Cook did not finish.

The women head to Kronplatz, Italy for giant slalom on Jan. 24 followed by speed races in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy on Jan. 28-29.


Top 10

  1. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  5. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  6. Elena Curtoni (ITA) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  8. Kajsa Kling (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Lindsey Vonn (USA) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  7  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:17.92  0.00  100.00
 2  2  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:18.59  +0.67  9.29  80.00
 3  9  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:18.78  +0.86  11.92  60.00
 4  18  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:18.99  +1.07  14.83  50.00
 5  14  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:19.00  +1.08  14.97  45.00
 6  16  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:19.17  +1.25  17.33  40.00
 7  11  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:19.36  +1.44  19.96  36.00
 8  1  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:19.48  +1.56  21.62  32.00
 9  13  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:19.57  +1.65  22.87  29.00
 10  36  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:19.67  +1.75  24.26  26.00
 10  12  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:19.67  +1.75  24.26  26.00
 12  10  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:19.73  +1.81  25.09  22.00
 13  22  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  1:19.80  +1.88  26.06  20.00
 14  6  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:19.87  +1.95  27.03  18.00
 15  3  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:19.95  +2.03  28.14  16.00
 16  19  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:20.12  +2.20  30.49  15.00
 17  50  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:20.18  +2.26  31.32  14.00
 18  44  426043 TVIBERG Maria Therese 1994 NOR  1:20.47  +2.55  35.34  13.00
 19  46  155763 LEDECKA Ester 1995 CZE  1:20.49  +2.57  35.62  12.00
 20  27  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:20.54  +2.62  36.31  11.00
 21  20  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:20.70  +2.78  38.53  10.00
 22  17  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:20.74  +2.82  39.09  9.00
 23  23  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:20.78  +2.86  39.64  8.00
 24  26  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:20.86  +2.94  40.75  7.00
 25  24  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:21.10  +3.18  44.08  6.00
 26  34  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:21.15  +3.23  44.77  5.00
 27  48  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:21.18  +3.26  45.18  4.00
 28  32  539457 MARNO Anna 1992 USA  1:21.59  +3.67  50.87  3.00
 29  25  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:21.69  +3.77  52.25  2.00
 30  39  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:21.83  +3.91  54.19  1.00
 31  58  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:21.85  +3.93  54.47
 32  51  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:21.93  +4.01  55.58
 33  30  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:21.99  +4.07  56.41
 34  54  206759 HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin 1998 GER  1:22.16  +4.24  58.77
 35  47  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:22.35  +4.43  61.40
Did not start 1st run
 43  426257 LIE Kajsa Vickhoff 1998 NOR
 41  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 60  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG
 59  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 57  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA
 56  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA
 55  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO
 53  206652 PFISTER Meike 1996 GER
 52  485749 PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra 1994 RUS
 49  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA
 45  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER
 42  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER
 40  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA
 38  538305 SMITH Leanne 1987 USA
 37  196812 PELLISSIER Marion 1988 FRA
 35  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA
 33  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI
 31  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI
 29  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT
 28  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR
 21  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA
 15  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT
 8  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT
 5  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER
 4  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA
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