Gut takes Garmisch super-G win and closes in on Vonn
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – Swiss ace Lara Gut bounced back form Saturday's disappointment in the downhill and stormed to victory in the super-G on Sunday.
The 24-year-old managed to get her rhythm back and ski with a free mind to clock the winning time of 1:20.51.
“Yesterday, I wasn’t really skiing,” Gut said. “I wasn’t doing what I can. Today was just about less thinking and more skiing and yeah, that was the answer. I just tried to ski and it went out the way I wanted. I felt great, so yes, everything is fine again.”
Lara Gut's career-best result in Garmisch was fourth in the downhill in 2013.
“It’s always fun to be on top and it’s the first time I am on the podium in Garmisch, so that’s something different,” Gut continued.
Local favourite Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was 0.15 seconds behind, while overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn had to settle for third, 0.23 seconds out.
Rebensburg's podium streak went on after another impressive run. She raced to her fourth consecutive top-3 finish, the second in two days on home snow.
“It’s so cool,” Rebensburg said. ”Being on the podium twice in a row here in front of a home crowd. It is unbelievable. The crowd was cheering so loud for us and it was just a nice atmosphere. I’m really thankful and I’m really enjoying this moment now.”
The track was salted before the race started as the temperatures were mild and the snow relatively soft.
“You know, it was tough conditions today,” Vonn commented “The snow was soft and like spring and I didn’t risk everything. I probably could have, but I don’t know. I feel like I’m older and wiser now and to get to the finish healthy and be in third is still a pretty darn good day and the Broncos game’s tonight, so if they can win, it’ll make up for my third place.”
With three super-G wins under her belt this season going into today's race, Vonn was poised to become the first woman to win the first four super-G events of a World Cup campaign.
“I can’t win them all,” Vonn said at the press conference. “I tried my best to ski my best every day and I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far this season. You know, today was just not one of those days where I really felt like putting it all on the line. I’ve had a great season so far and I want to keep it going, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
The result ensures the battle for the overall title continues, as Lara Gut is again less than 100 points behind Lindsey Vonn, who leads 1060 to 973.
The World Cup Tour will now shift to Crans-Montan (SUI) for an intense week with two training runs, one downhill, an alpine combined and a slalom.
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