Friday, February 19, 2016

Lara Gut Wins La Thuile Downhill


Today, Lara Gut raced to her second downhill win of the season in La Thuile. The Swiss skier beat Austria's Cornelia Hütter by a commanding 1.02 seconds after finishing the technical "Franco Berthod" course in 1:35.57, under sunny skies. Home crowd favourite, Nadia Fanchini was third, 1.03 seconds behind Gut.
Lara Gut admitted she had the flu over the last two training days but she was confident she would have enough energy for at least two minutes to put in a strong run today. It was her 6th World Cup victory this campaign.
"It's a challenging course as we already said in the last couple of days, but I prefer challenges to highways", Gut said. "When you make a mistake on a straight course it's impossible to make up the time. Today my line wasn't ideal especially on top and I had to drift sometimes. I hope I can really arch my turns tomorrow. The more aggressive you are with the type of snow we have, the better it is".
Fastest in the final training session, Cornelia Hütter, who is still chasing her first World Cup win, proved she was comfortable on the new World Cup hill. She is now on seven World Cup podium finishes.
"It's definitely not easy here", Hütter said. "You have to be on the limit and push. The transitions between the steep and flat sections are very tricky. I am super happy to finish second".

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