Brignone brings it in Bad Kleinkirchheim super-G

13 January 2018 14:36
Federica Brignone at the 2018 Bad Kleinkirchheim super-G
Federica Brignone at the 2018 Bad Kleinkirchheim super-G -
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Federica Brignone of Italy was the surprise winner of the super-G in Bad Kleinkirchheim on Saturday. After the ladies were prevented from skiing the bottom portion of the race slope during the week, the hill set up overnight and was in race-worthy condition for Saturday morning. 

Lara Gut of Switzerland skied with precision from bib 7 to take the early lead despite catching her arm on the fourth to final gate and finishing her run with only a single pole. Brignone followed one skier later with a hard-charging run to take a 0.18-second lead over Gut. Austrian Conny Huetter, with bib 13, squeezed out her first super-G podium finish of the season at the resort that's only 20 minutes from her boyfriend's home. 

Tiffany Gauthier of France had a career-best finish in fourth, followed by Nadia Fanchini in fifth. Fanchini's sister, Elena, was recently diagnosed with a tumor that she is being treated for which will prevent her from starting any more races this season. For Nadia Fanchini, it was the best result of her season so far.

Edit Miklos of Hungary appeared to injure her knee during her run and crashed hard in the finish area. She was transported by helicopter to the hospital for evaluation of potential injuries. On Jan. 15, 2017, she suffered a season-ending injury to both of her knees during downhill training in Zauchensee, Austria. 

The ladies were originally scheduled to complete a downhill training run following the super-G race, but the jury decided to limit the competitors to an inspection due to limited time and course conditions. They will complete a downhill training run from the reserve start on Sunday morning at 9:00 followed by the downhill race at 11:15 CET. 

Full results from today's race are available here.