Sunday, January 21, 2018

Lara Gut Wins Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Lara Gut raced to her career 24th World Cup victory today. Gut timed 1:14.78 down the Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The slope is one of the most spectacular settings on the World Cup, surrounded by the jagged Dolomites and atop a gorgeous town.
Johanna Schnarf crossed the finished line 0.14 seconds behind. Joining them on the podium was Nicole Schmidhofer 0.27 seconds back of the winner.
Lara Gut of Switzerland won the final ladies' super-G race prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, marking her first victory since returning from a season-ending knee injury last winter. From a lowered start due to overnight snowfall on the upper part of the mountain, Gut charged for the win despite a technical course set and flat light on the slope.
She was joined on the podium by Johanna "Hanna" Schnarf of Italy whose only previous World Cup podium finish was in downhill eight years ago. Although Schnarf has collected a number of top-10 finishes in recent years across both downhill and super-G, she produced a run worthy of a return to the podium at the race not far from her home.
Nicole "Nici" Schmidhofer of Austria, the reigning world champion in super-G, rounded out the podium in third for her second top-three appearance in the Olympic season.
The jury together with the organizing committee made the decision to terminate the race after 44 skiers had started due to poor visibility in a technical section with a compression that was the site of two crashes. Nadine Fest of Austria and Laura Pirovano of Italy were both evacuated from the slope via rescue sled after crashing into the safety netting. They are being evaluated for possible lower body injuries.

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