Hütter claims maiden victory in Lenzerheide super-G
Lenzerheide, Switzerland – Austria's Cornelia Hütter mastered the 7th super-G race of the season on Saturday to claim her first career World Cup victory, in front of 6500 cheering spectators.
The 23-year-old finished in 1:14.52 on the Beltrametti course under sunny skies, just 0.10 seconds faster than local favourite Fabienne Suter. Hütter's team-mate Tamara Tippler rounded out he podium, 0.35 seconds out.
Hütter admitted she had struggled with a sore knee in recent weeks but that it felt good again in training in the last two days.
“Today is just amazing,” said Hütter. “I don't now what to say. The whole season has been great and now I'm on the very top, it's unbelievable.”
Cornelia Hütter and Tamara Tippler both recorded their first podium finishes in super-G this season. Tippler and Hütter finished in second and third place respectively in Lake Louise. Hütter also podiumed in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee and Tippler came in third at Soldeu.
“Tamara is actually my room-mate,” Hütter explained. “Last night we were joking and said that that it could be our day today and we actually made it. She is a really good friend and it's great that she is on the podium with me.”
Swiss skier Fabienne Suter came down after the favourites with bib 24 and claimed her 11th career podium in super-G, three years after the last one in St. Anton in January 2013.
“This morning I was a little bit nervous,” Sutter admitted. “I didn't ski well on the warm-up hill and I thought 'maybe today it won't work'. My legs were kind of weak but I managed to change that and I am very happy with the result.”
Current overall World Cup leader Lara Gut had to settle for fifth, 0.58 seconds off the pace. With 401 points, Gut still sits second in the super-G standings, 19 points behind American Lindsey Vonn, who had to end her season due to a knee injury. Hütter is third with 340 points.
“I wasn't really able to do what I wanted,” said Gut. “In the middle part, my line wasn't ideal. But I'm fine. Fabienne is on the podium that's great and tomorrow I'll have another chance.”
In the overall standings, Gut holds a 67-point lead over Vonn and is 295 points ahead of Rebensburg, who finished 18th, 1.53 seconds back and who made the decision not to race in the alpine combined on Sunday. Gut will secure the overall title if she is 300 points clear at the top of the standings after tomorrow's race, as Rebensburg will only take part in three races (DH,SG,GS) at the World Cup Final in St. Moritz.
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