Friday, November 27, 2015

Lara Gut Wins World Cup GS in Aspen

Third after the 1st run, Switzerland's Lara Gut didn't mind the low visibility on the second run and blazed through the course in a combined time of 2:02.51 to claim the win, after a breathtaking end of the race that saw leader of the 1st run Mikaela Shiffrin crash three gates before the finish line.
Lara Gut won her first World Cup giant slalom race in Sölden in 2013 and went though a difficult time last season when she never finished better than 9th in the discipline.
"I have to say that when I crossed the finish line in the lead, I was happy to know that I was going to finish on the podium, I mean a second race with the new skis and already on the podium is simply awesome", said Gut. "I saw that Mikaela was skiing so good but she make a mistake that I used to make two years ago. It's cool to win again (...) Two years ago I was skiing well, I was on the podium in every GS race I finished except Lenzerheide. Last year I don't know why, but I had no idea about how to ski GS any more. After Sölden last month, I just had to get used to the idea that I was able to ski GS again and of course I am happy to be in front again here in Aspen on an awesome course".
Gut edged Austria's Eva-Maria Brem, who put in a strong run to make up some of the time she lost in the first one. Brem, who is now the leader of the Austrian team after Anna Fenninger was ruled out for the entire season to injury, won her first World Cup race last season in Aspen, but has been struggling to find the momentum she built last season.
"Things were easy last year, I had a really good season", Brem said. "It's been different this year. I had a good feelings throughout the whole the summer preparation but before Sölden I got a bit sick and it hasn't been easy to find that shape back since. Even in the first 10 gates in the second run today I didn't have a good feeling, but then I told myself this is not me skiing and then I just let my skis go and I think that in the second half of the course I could ski the way I did last year. I am happy and hope it's not a fight to keep that level and that it's here now".
Winner of the GS opener in Sölden, Italy's Federica Brignone was second after the first run, just 0.11 seconds behind Shiffrin, but made some small mistakes on her way down in the second run. However, she still managed to round out the podium, 0.34 seconds off the pace.

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