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. 


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  2. Barioz, Head/Head/Head
  3. Gut, Head/Head/Head
  4. Brem, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
  5. Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  6. Brignone, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  7. Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Drev, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
  9. Bassino, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. 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.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  4  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:15.33  1:10.82  2:26.15  0.00
 2  18  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  1:14.73  1:11.88  2:26.61  +0.46  3.08
 3  3  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:14.87  1:12.03  2:26.90  +0.75  5.03
 4  5  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  1:14.67  1:12.64  2:27.31  +1.16  7.78
 5  8  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:14.98  1:12.37  2:27.35  +1.20  8.05
 6  6  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:15.10  1:12.54  2:27.64  +1.49  9.99
 7  13  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:15.38  1:12.29  2:27.67  +1.52  10.19
 8  7  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:15.50  1:12.28  2:27.78  +1.63  10.93
 9  9  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:15.25  1:12.55  2:27.80  +1.65  11.06
 10  23  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:16.15  1:11.85  2:28.00  +1.85  12.41
 11  1  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  1:15.14  1:13.02  2:28.16  +2.01  13.48
 12  12  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:15.85  1:12.36  2:28.21  +2.06  13.81
 13  10  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  1:15.93  1:12.32  2:28.25  +2.10  14.08
 13  2  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:15.47  1:12.78  2:28.25  +2.10  14.08
 15  14  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:15.98  1:12.40  2:28.38  +2.23  14.95
 16  15  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:15.57  1:12.82  2:28.39  +2.24  15.02
 17  22  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:15.82  1:12.72  2:28.54  +2.39  16.03
 18  17  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  1:16.99  1:11.78  2:28.77  +2.62  17.57
 19  24  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:16.87  1:12.39  2:29.26  +3.11  20.85
 20  25  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:16.82  1:12.54  2:29.36  +3.21  21.52
 21  21  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:16.31  1:13.09  2:29.40  +3.25  21.79
 22  26  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:16.87  1:12.70  2:29.57  +3.42  22.93
 23  27  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI  1:16.38  1:13.76  2:30.14  +3.99  26.75
 24  20  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:17.22  1:13.07  2:30.29  +4.14  27.76
 25  19  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:17.17  1:13.27  2:30.44  +4.29  28.77
Did not finish 1st run
 16  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA
 11  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
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