In today’s giant slalom race in Beaver Creek, the story line stayed the same with a small twist. There was Ted Ligety sitting atop the field. But his fellow podium mates changed as teammate Bode Miller finished in a surprising second place 0.22 seconds off the pace. Austrian Marcel Hirscher picked up yet another podium finish just over a half second off the mark.
After two cancellations, Thursday was finally a lucky day in Beaver Creek and Erik Guay came out on top of the only training run on the Raptor/Birds of Prey hybrid course before tomorrow’s official race.
Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby won Beaver Creek giant slalom race, clocking a combined time of 2:17.92, just 0.09 seconds faster than local hero Mikaela Shiffrin. In third position and starting with bib 29, Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather climbed onto her second podium of the week
Switzerland's Lara Gut was unstoppable on the Raptor super g course today. With a winning time of 1:18.42, she defeated two Austrians with Anna Fenninger in second (+0.92) and Nicole Hosp in third position (+1.11).
Lara Gut confirmed how strong she is at the moment. She had a blast on the very technically demanding Raptor. She dealt with the 2.530 meters and the 710 meters vertical drop course in an incredible way to clock the best time of the day in 1:41.26, edging out Tina Weirather and Elena Fanchini at the top of the timesheets.
Switzerland's Lara Gut showcased her incredible talent to set the fastest time this morning, recording a time of 1:40.76, 1.2 seconds less than yesterday’s Stacey Cook best time. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather took 2nd, 1.18 seconds off the pace, while Slovena's Ilka Stuhec finished 3rd, 1.68 seconds back.