Alpine Skiing

Lara Gut-Behrami claims first win of the season in St Anton Super G 

Swiss star recovers from late mishap to take 27th career World Cup win ahead of Marta Bassino and Corinne Suter.

By Olympic Channel ·

Lara Gut-Behrami earned her first win of the season in the St Anton Super G in Austria on Sunday (10 January).

Despite nearly missing a gate late on, the 29-year-old scored her 27th career Alpine Ski World Cup victory to break a tie with Michela Figini for third place among Swiss women.

Only Vreni Schneider (55) and Erika Hess (31) remain ahead of Gut-Behrami.

Italian giant slalom specialist Marta Bassino (+0.16s) matched her best Super G result with second place just four-hundredths ahead of defending Super G World Cup champion Corinne Suter.

Gut-Behrami told FIS afterwards, "I didn't imagine that it would be enough to win because I made a really big mistake at the finish, but I also knew that it was complicated for everyone.

"This is what a Super G should be. You have to trust your instincts and it's not like a downhill where you already know what's going to happen. I just tried to feel free on my skis and push till the finish.

"Even when I was too late on the line, I just tried to keep my skis free and in the end it was the key today." - Lara Gut-Behrami

Tamara Tippler was the best of the home skiers in fourth after her second place in Saturday's downhill with reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone fifth.

Olympic champion Ester Ledecka had to fight hard to stay on the course on the bottom half, and was rewarded with sixth place.

Wearing start bib number 34, Austria's Ariane Raedler took seventh for her first top-10 World Cup finish.

Saturday's victor Sofia Goggia slid out after just a handful of turns as the Olympic downhill champion amply demonstrated her all-or-nothing approach.

Fellow Italian Francesca Marsaglia smacked into the penultimate gate with her left shin and fell across the finish line.

She escaped serious injury on the Karl Schranz course with a number of skiers failing to negotiate the signature 'Eisfall' drop.

Gut-Behrami's victory saw her go top of the World Cup Super G standings with Ledecka and Suter tied for second just five points behind.

Michelle Gisin was eighth to slightly close the gap on overall World Cup leader Petra Vlhova.

The Slovak star finished down in 19th with her advantage over PyeongChang 2018 combined gold medallist Gisin down to 119 points.

The overall World Cup contenders stay in Austria for Tuesday's night slalom in Flachau before heading to Slovenia for two giants slaloms next weekend at Kranjska Gora.

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