Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lara Gut Wins The SG Race, Fenninger Takes Overall Title

It was a double victory for Lara Gut today at the super-G final in Lenzerheide (SUI). The Swiss racer thrilled the home crowd under beautiful sunny skies after winning not only the race by a 0.61 margin, but also taking home the globe as the best overall super-G ladies’ skier for the 2013-14 season.
Gut entered the race as the woman to beat for the super-G globe, holding a 69-point lead over her biggest threat, Anna Fenninger (AUT). Fenninger laid down a solid run and took the lead, just one bib ahead of Gut, putting Gut on the hot seat to perform. Gut answered with a technically perfect run, slowly building the lead at each interval and throwing her hands up in the air when she saw her finish time had topped Fenninger.
Directly after Gut’s first-place run, Slovenia’s Tina Maze came down the hill and rounded out the podium finishing just under one second off the pace to take third place.
It is Gut’s seventh victory this season and her first-ever globe that she has won in her career. Gut also won yesterday’s downhill race, making her the only athlete so far at this year’s finals to appear on both podiums.
"I was a bit nervous this morning when I got up, thinking about me being in the lead and that I could also loose everything today", said Gut. "Later in the morinnig I realised I just had to think about skiing and ski like yesterday. In start gate I was only thinking about the way I had to ski and it felt easy".
Fenninger finished second in the overall super-G standings, while injured Tina Weirather (LIE) could only watch from the finish area as she took third place in the season standings.
Despite Fenninger coming up short in today’s super-G globe race, the Austrian can celebrate winning the overall season title. Today’s second-place finish gives Fenninger 1271 points in the standings. Her biggest threat, Maria Hoefl-Riesch suffered an injury in yesterday’s downhill race and will not be able to challenge Fenninger for the overall title.
"It's amazing for me. I am really full of emotions right now", said Fenninger about winning the overall season title. "I am shocked. It is the biggest things I can win in my career, it's unbelievable".

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