Monday, December 28, 2015

Lara Gut Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz

Second after a very tight opening run, Swiss ace Lara Gut gave it all out in the second run to claim her 16th career World Cup win in perfect snow and weather conditions. She posted a combined time of 2:06.00 to edge Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein by 0.12 seconds, while Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany came third, 0.30 seconds off the pace.
With a fourth victory this campaign, Gut increased her lead at the top of the overall table as Lindsey Vonn skied out in the first run. Gut now has 658 points and Vonn stays in second, 158 points behind.
"It's too early to think about the overall yet", Gut said. "After Lake Louise I was far behind Lindsey. It can changed so quickly. Now I just want to stay focused on my skiing, to work every day hard to be fast and do what I can".
Tina Weirather started the season in style with a third place in Sölden and struggled to keep that fine form afterwards. She demonstrated she was on an upward trend again last week in Val d'Isère and Courchevel.
"I am really happy to be on the podium again", Weirather said. "But I also think that it is kind of a pity because I think it would have been possible to win. Lara is in a really good shape and hard to beat at the moment (...) Overall it's good for me to get confidence and feel I'm getting better".
Olympic Champion Viktoria Rebensburg also seemed to have found that extra gear recently. Fourth in Couchevel giant slalom last week, she raced to her first podium finish of the season in Lienz.
"It was tough conditions, especially in the second run with the flat light, so I am pretty happy to be back on the podium, considering I was also struggling with a sore back between the runs", Rebensburg commented.

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