Gut back in top form in Cortina super-G
CORTINA d’AMPEZZO, Italy – The ladies World Cup tour had the grand finale today of a marathon of speed events that saw two down hills and two super G races staged in a four-day span. In today’s super-G, it was Switzerland’s Lara Gut topping the field with a 0.12 advantage over Tina Weirather (LIE). Rounding out the podium was Maria Hoefl-Reisch (GER) 0.61 seconds off the pace.
Gut has had her strongest season to date and looks to be peaking just in time for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It was her third super-G win of the season and her sixth podium across all disciplines this season.
“It is a good feeling to win today,” Gut said after the race. “I started the season so strong with four podiums in the early races, but then the tour came back to Europe and I never to be seen on the podium again. It was a difficult time, I could see success in my mind, but you couldn’t see it on the slopes. Now today, this win, it was very important for me.”
During the bevy of events that last four days in Cortina d’Ampezzo, four different ladies won the four different faces, but there were several repeat podium performances. Weirather and Hoefl-Reisch were able to bulk up their World Cup points in the four-day span. In addition to today’s second-place finish, Weirather took third place in yesterday’s downhill and second place in Friday’s downhill.
Hoefl-Reisch also had three podium finishes in the Cortina marathon. Besides taking third-place today, Hoefl Reish won Friday’s downhill and took second-place in Thursday’s super G.
The win bumps Gut up to fourth-place in the overall World Cup standings with 754 points. Today’s podium was enough for Hoefl-Reisch to hold onto the overall lead with 1071 points, with Weirather sitting in second place with 943 points. Austria’s Anna Fenninger holds third place with 871 points in a very tight race for the Crystal Globe.
The ladies have one more weekend of races to prepare for Sochi when they travel to Kranjska Gora for a slalom and giant slalom on February 1 and 2. The races were originally scheduled to be staged in Maribor, but were moved due to poor snow conditions.