On the final day of World Cup racing for the 2015-2016 season, feelings of excitement and exhaustion filled the air. It’s been a long season for these athletes, especially those like Switzerland’s Lara Gut who race multiple events in an attempt to win the overall title.
For a good chunk of the season, Gut and Lindsey Vonn battled for the lead in the FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings. That is until Vonn found herself sidelined by a hairline fracture in her left leg, leaving the Gut free to overtake her for a final time. The Swiss skier all but officially won the globe after the races in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, when Viktoria Rebensburg announced that she would race only three of the four races at World Cup finals in St. Moritz. Today, Gut finally held that globe in her hands.
The giant slalom discipline globe was also awarded today to Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem. Ending up in fourth place in the final GS race, her winning margin in the standings was minuscule – just two points.
“It’s heavy,” she said of the discipline globe, breathless from excitement. “It’s beautiful.”
Behind her in the final discipline rankings was Rebensburg, who won the race in St. Moritz by 0.46 seconds. Second place in the last GS race of the season was Taina Barioz of France, earning her best-ever World Cup finish and her first podium finish since 2009. The podium was rounded out by Gut, who was 0.75 seconds off of Rebensburg.
Leading the North Americans in fifth place was Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, tying her career-best giant slalom performance from back in 2010.
“I always loved the hill here in St. Moritz,” Gagnon said. “I’ve had my best result in GS ever, so I knew it was a good place for me to do well today.”
The only other athlete representing North American failed to finish the first run. The U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin shredded to more than a half second lead at the first split, but hooked her inside ski on a rut, spinning her into a backwards snow plow and eventual slide down the slope.
“I thought (the track) was really nice actually,” she said. “I mean it’s really warm, so it’s not like rock solid, but the surface is hard, so I loved it. Obviously, I loved it for the gates that I skied it and I loved it when I was sliding down the rest of the course on my butt.”
Shiffrin now heads to U.S. Alpine National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she will compete in the slalom and giant slalom races. Stay tuned to SkiRacing.com for on-site coverage from Sun Valley this week.
By Hank McKee
- Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
- Barioz, Head/Head/Head
- Gut, Head/Head/Head
- Brem, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
- Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
- Brignone, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
- Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
- Drev, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
- Bassino, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
- Baud Mugnier, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
- Women’s World Cup giant slalom, St. Moritz, March 20, 2016. … It is the 40th and final women’s race of the season, the ninth of nine GSs. … It is the eighth and final race of World Cup finals.
- It is the 13th career World Cup win for Viktoria Rebensburg. … Her third of the season, all in GS.
- It is the second World Cup podium finish for Taina Barioz, the other a third-place finish in GS at Lienz Dec. 28, 2009.
- It is the 33rd World Cup podium for Lara Gut. … Her 13th of the season and second at finals.
- It is the 15th career top five for Marie-Michele Gagnon and the ninth time she has finished fifth in a World Cup race.
- Gut wins the World Cup overall title (her first) 1522-1235 over Lindsey Vonn (did not race). … Rebensburg is third overall with 1147pts.
- In the closest competition of the season, Eva-Maria Brem (fourth in race) edges Rebensburg 592-590 for the GS title (her first). … Lara Gut is third with 472pts.
- The Austrians win the women’s Nations Cup 4787-4258 over Italy. … Switzerland is third with 4255, the U.S. fourth at 3077pts and Canada eighth with 1382pts.
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time||Diff.||FIS Points|
|10||23||197319||BAUD MUGNIER Adeline||1992||FRA||1:16.15||1:11.85||2:28.00||+1.85||12.41|
|Did not finish 1st run|