Gut Secures Super-G Globe
Tina Weirather (LIE) won the battle at today’s Audi FIS World Cup super-G final race, topping the field, but Lara Gut (SUI) won the war as her second place finish was enough to claim the super-G Season Title.
Gut only needed a top-six finish to overtake Lindsey Vonn (USA) in the super-G season standings and she easily achieved that goal, finishing 0.41 seconds behind Weirather. The balance for Gut this season includes the super-G globe, which she won for the second time in her career, in addition to the 2015/16 Overall Crystal Globe, which she will formally pick-up after the last race of the season on Sunday.
Racers were greeted with a dream day and dream conditions in St. Moritz (SUI) with sunny skies and crisp temperatures making for ideal snow for today’s deciding race. The atmosphere in the Swiss resort was also great as fans are enjoying the massive Swiss success and looking forward to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships here next year.
It was Weirather’s second season victory in the super-G and her third podium in the discipline this season. In comparison, Gut has four podiums in the super-G this season, with three second-place finishes and one victory.
Weirather said after the race, "most of us were surprised at how fast and tight the course was, but it feels great to win today. I knew to have a chance for the globe, I had to win and the rest was out of my hands. Since the beginning of the season wasn't so good for me, I was surprised that I could still compete for the globe here at the finals."
Third place on the day went to Austrian Cornelia Huetter, who was 0.59 seconds behind Weirather. Huetter was in the hunt for the super-G globe entering the race, but was in a must-win situation to take home the globe.
With today’s result, the final season standings in the super-G place Gut at the top of the field, followed by Weirather and Vonn, who suffered an injury forcing her to miss the last crucial races of the season.
Tomorrow, the focus will turn away from the Crystal Globes as the Team Event takes center stage at 12:00. Following the Friday team action, the tech events await with the final races of the season in the giant slalom and slalom on Saturday and Sunday.
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