It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place or day for a super G race than Thursday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The sky’s blue was flawless and snow was smooth. Women started the day and it became clear that even though conditions would not pose a problem, the technical set would.

IMG_0935Of the first ten athletes, half failed to finish the course. Tina Weirather, bib 16, came down charging. Able to learn from the first 15 athletes, she created a 0.70-second lead over then-leader Kajsa Kling of Sweden. The win boosted Weirather into second in the final discipline standings.

“I knew I have to win if I want to have chance for the globe,” Weirather said. “There was just one thing I wanted today and that was to win.”

Weirather risked a lot in her run, saying that she had to force herself to push the line and there were a few times on course where she was nearly certain that she would ski out.

Shortly after Weirather’s run, Switzerland’s Lara Gut came down in the second-place position, where she would stay to secure the super G title for the second time in her career. The 80 points she gained with that result pushed her ahead of the U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn, who ended up in third place in the super G standings.

“I’m really happy,” Gut said of holding the globe in her hand. “Super G is my favorite discipline and it feels good to have it for a second time.”

The Swiss skier is never one to celebrate prematurely, repeatedly saying that she wants to win every race. The second place finish proves that she isn’t resting on the fact that she has secured the overall title already. Her philosophy on each race applies to each new season.

“Every year, you have to give your best, to ski fast,” she said. “It’s not because you win something one year, the year after is going to be easier. I know I have to work and the next months will be about that.”

Gut was followed by Cornelia Huetter of Austria, 0.59 seconds off of the winning pace, which placed her in the third position. Kling was bumped off the podium, resulting in a fourth place result — tying her best finish of the season.

American Laurenne Ross was able to rock the course despite the fact that it didn’t necessarily play to her strengths. She was potentially in contention for a podium result before a mistake in the lower portion of the course cost her significant time. She finished in fifth place.

Tomorrow men and women race together in the team event – a dual slalom that is sure to entertain – set to start at noon CET.


The Scoop
by Hank Mckee

  1. Weirather, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Gut, Head/Head/Head
  3. Huetter, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  4. Kling, Head/Head/Head
  5. Ross, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  6. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  7. Suter, C, Head/Head/Head
  8. Brignone, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  9. Stuhec, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  10. Suter F, Dynastar/Lange/Look
  • Women’s World Cup super G, St Moritz, Switzerland, March 17, 2016. … It is the second of four races for women at World Cup Finals. … The 38th race of the women’s season and the eighth of eight super Gs. … Five of the first eight starters failed to finish.
  • It is Tina Weirather’s sixth career World Cup win, her fourth in super G. … It is her second win of the season, the previous in SG at La Thuile Feb. 21. … The winning margin is .41 of a second. … Top five finishers are within the same second. … Top 13 within two seconds.
  • It is the 32nd career World Cup podium for Lara Gut. … Her 12th of the season and fourth of the season in super G.
  • It is the ninth career World  Cup podium for Cornelia Huetter, and eighth this season. … It is her fourth career podium in super G. … All of them from this season.
  • Laurenne Ross matches her sixth best career World Cup finish. … It is her 10th career top five World Cup finish. … Half of them from this season.
  • Lara Gut leads the World Cup overall standings 1462-1235 over Lindsey Vonn (did not race) with Viktoria Rebensburg (sixth in race) is third with 1047 and cannot catch Gut for the overall crown.
  • Gut wins the super G trophy 481-436 over Weirather with Vonn third at 420pts. … Ross finishes eighth at 250pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 4544-4113 over Italy with Switzerland in third at 3945, the U.S. fourth at 2893 and Canada eighth at 1263.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  16  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:18.93  0.00
 2  18  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:19.34  +0.41  5.61
 3  22  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:19.52  +0.59  8.07
 4  9  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:19.63  +0.70  9.58
 5  20  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:19.88  +0.95  13.00
 6  19  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:20.03  +1.10  15.05
 7  4  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:20.04  +1.11  15.19
 8  21  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:20.23  +1.30  17.79
 9  13  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:20.28  +1.35  18.47
 10  14  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:20.31  +1.38  18.88
 11  24  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT  1:20.69  +1.76  24.08
 12  10  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:20.85  +1.92  26.27
 13  1  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:20.91  +1.98  27.09
 14  15  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:21.00  +2.07  28.32
 15  12  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:21.50  +2.57  35.17
 16  11  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:21.55  +2.62  35.85
 17  5  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:22.48  +3.55  48.57
Did not finish 1st run
 23  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA
 17  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT
 8  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA
 7  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT
 6  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA
 3  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN
 2  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA
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- A California native, Gabbi moved to Vermont to ski on the NCAA circuit for St. Michael’s College, where she served as team captain and studied journalism. Before joining Ski Racing, she worked as a broadcast TV producer and social media manager in higher education. She can be reached via email at gabbi@skiracing.com
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