Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lara Gut Tops SG Podium in Lake Louise

Switzerland's Lara Gut, who won the first SG race of the season last week in Beaver Creek, would not have left Lake Louise without at least a podium to bring back home, after finishing 10th and 13th in the last two days. She actually completed the 1'951-metre-long course in the winning time of 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 climbed onto the second podium spot for the second time in a row. 0.33 seconds off the pace, Austria's Anna Fenninger took third and landed her second podium in two days.  
Starting with bib 22, Lara Gut won today 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 the overall leader. "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 3 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 SG. "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".
In the overall standings, Lara Gut has now 446 points, 41 points more than Maria Höfl-Riesch. She obviously dominates the super g standings as well with 200 points, 60 more than Anna Fenninger.
The whole 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.

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