Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lara Gut Wins (also) First SG in Beaver Creek

Switzerland's Lara Gut was unstoppable on the Raptor Super G course today. Despite two mistakes in the top section, she didn't give anyone a chance to be faster than her. With a winning time of 1:18.42, she defeated three Austrians with Elisabeth Goergl in second (+0.90), Anna Fenninger in third (+0.92) and Nicole Hosp in fourth position (+1.11). However, the top 3 changed at the end the race after Elisabeth Goergl's disqualification for using skis that were too wide in front of the bindings.
The last five World Cup Super G races on the ladies' tour have been won by five different women – Vonn, Maze, Viktoria Rebensburg (GER), Tina Weirather (LIE) and Fenninger. With the name of Lara Gut added to that list today, it is the first time this has happened since a streak of seven straight different winners (including one tie for first) in 2007-08. Today's victory was the third in Lara Gut's career in Super G. 
"I wasn't sure what the right technique was going to be before the start", said the young Swiss. "I was very aggressive in the top section and made two mistakes because of that. I understood then what was the best way to continue and I managed to be very clean on the line until the finish line (...). When you like the slope, everything feels easier. The snow was great and the course set was also fine. It is simply a lot of fun to ski the raptor. I've been working everyday to ski faster, so hopefully it will go on!"
Runner-up of the day, Anna Fenniger made her 10th career Super G pódium: "For now, I believe I am stronger in super g races than I am in downhill", she said. "In yesterday's downhill race I made too many mistakes. I managed to ski better today espacially in the upper part. Unfortunately I lost speed and time in the bottom part. But overall being on the podium is a really good feeling (...) I know I can be fast on my skis. If I can get rid of some small mistakes, I hopefully will be able to keep up with Lara who has been outstanding this week". 
Back on the podium after Elisabeth Goergl disqualification, Nicole Hosp got her seventh career top 3 in Super G, 4 seasons later than her third place in Cortina d'Ampezzo. "I would have been very satisfied with a fourth place today", she admitted at the press conference. "It is a really difficult slope. It's so turny and dealing with the shadow of the trees in some section isn't easy. For sure for me it is nice to be on the podium, but at the same time, I'm really sorry for Elisabeth", concluded the 30 year-old.
With 300 points out of 3 races, Lara Gut moves 125 points clear at the top of the overall standings over the runner-up of the day, Anna Fenninger. Lara Gut will now have to switch to Giant Slalom mode to keep the run going. "I'm just going to sleep a bit this afternoon and I should be fine for tomorrow", she concluded with a big smile.

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