Lara Gut tops super g podium in Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, Canada – A slightly less cold but windy morning welcomed the World Cup ladies to their third and last speed race of the week. Switzerland's Lara Gut, who won the first super g race of the season last week in Beaver Creek, would not have left Lake Louise without at least a podium to bring back home.
Gut completed the 1'951-metre course in 1:22.86, at times hitting speeds of 105 km per hour. The 22-year-old was just 0.03 seconds ahead of Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, who took second for the second time in a row. 0.33 seconds off the pace, Austria's Anna Fenninger earned third and landed her second podium in two days. Lindsey Vonn put a solid run together to finish fifth, just behind Austria's Elisabeth Goergl.
Starting with bib 22, Lara Gut won her fourth career super g race and her fourth race this season to retake the lead in the overall standings.
“I knew that coming to Lake Louise was not going to be easy for me”, said Gut. “Finding the right line and pace on the downhill course is still a big mystery to me. I was hoping that with the way I have been skiing this season, things would go better. But going into the super g today was something different. I knew what to do to ski fast and it worked out.”
“Being in the top three in the overall standings is something new to me. I don't focus on that for now. If I start thinking about the overall title, I will for sure be nervous on my skis. What matters is the way I ski and how I can improve”, she concluded.
Tina Weirather got her fourth career podium in super g. “The course was set by my coach and it suited me well”, said the 24-year-old. “I had a plan before the race and stuck to it.”
“I had a pretty bad accident at fish net last year in the super g race. So I was really careful coming into this specific turn this time. Once in the finish, I knew I had lost speed and a little bit of time there, that would eventually cost me the win. That is exactly what happened, but I am for sure happy about the two good results of the week.”
With the third position today, Anna Fenninger made it her 11th career podium in super g, her favorite discipline. “I really like the super g course here, but my run today was not perfect, reason why I am really satisfied with a podium today”, said the skier from Salzburg. “I was too direct in top section and made a little mistake. I then struggled to find the right rhythm for the speed section.”
USA's Lindsey Vonn, who holds the ladies' record with 20 World Cup Super G victories, took another big step forward today ending only 0.85 seconds behind the winner in fifth position. “I was too straight in the top section and it cost me some time”, she admitted. “Then I tried to be a little bit to aggressive going on to the flat. I got pretty low on the line. But I'm really happy with my skiing. It's getting better everyday. I know now that I can win and be on the podium. That gives me confidence and that was my goal of this weekend.”
“To be honest I don't know yet what races I am going to do in Europe. My focus is on the Olympics and with my knee the way it is, I am just not sure how many races I will do. My goal is to put myself in the best position going into Sochi very confident and try to win. I will think about all this after this weekend and come up with a decision with my coaches.”
In the overall standings, Lara Gut has now 446 points, 41 points more than Maria Höfl-Riesch. She also dominates the super g standings as well with 200 points, 60 more than Anna Fenninger.
The World Cup tour is now on its way back to Europe with a super g and a giant slalom race scheduled next weekend in St-Moritz.
Here are the full results of the day.