Eva-Maria Brem takes the win in Courchevel
Courchevel, France – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup stopped for the fifth time of its history in the famed resort of the Three Valleys and saw Austria's Eva-Maria Brem top the podium of a giant slalom on Sunday in spring like conditions. The 27-year-old, who was first after the opening run, clocked a combined time of 2:01.72 to edge Norway's Nina Loeseth and Switzerland's Lara Gut, who tied for second, 0.17 seconds out.
After finishing in second place in the last two giant slalom World Cup races in Aspen and Åre, Brem took that momentum into today's race to clinch her second career World Cup victory.
“Every season I just need that one moment when everything gets together, that one run, like the second one in Aspen when I felt 'this is how I need to keep this working,'” explained Brem.
“I knew what I had to do, but waiting at the start was tough,” Brem further commented. “That second victory was beautiful too and that made me cry.”
Nina Loeseth skied to her career-best result and admitted she was surprised that it happened in giant slalom as her only two other podiums came in slalom.
"I am very happy today," said Loeseth. "It's very inspiring for me and my team-mates to see the men's team perform so well and how they are skiing, pushing so hard every race. So I just try to do the same."
Fired-up by her two consecutive wins in Val d'Isère, Lara Gut concluded her weekend in style as she raced to her second podium in giant slalom this season.
“It's been a great weekend for me,” Gut said. “I feel good in GS this year, even though it was a bit complicated in Åre. When I won in Aspen, my confidence was boosted. I knew I could be fast in GS again.”
“Today I managed to forget about what I did yesterday and just focus on today's race,” she continued. “It was the first time since a while that I could start in the top seven and I just had to give it all out. In the first run, I skied well on top and bottom but drifted a bit too much in the middle section. In the second, I tried to be clean all the way and then realised it is feasible to get 80 points even if you're tired.”
Lara Gut now sits atop the overall rankings with 558 points, 58 ahead of USA's Lindsey Vonn who came in 13th position on the day, 1.63 seconds adrift.
“I didn’t really feel very balanced today,” Vonn said. “I think I just rung my bell a little bit yesterday. ... It was an effort, a good effort. I tried really hard and I got some points, so that’s good.”
The World Cup tour will head to Lienz (AUT) after the Christmas break for two days of technical racing (28 and 29 Dec).
Here are the full results.