A dream weekend at the end of an era

As Austria’s Stephanie Venier wins the Super-G on Sunday, the World Cup weekend in Crans-Montana came to a perfect close, in glorious weather once again.

The last dance was a most dignified one for Organising Committee president Marius Robyr and vice president Hugo Steinegger. It was another emotional day for the pair, so deserving of the races in Crans-Montana.

The organisers welcomed some 37,000 spectators to Crans-Montana over the three days of racing, including the Friday and Saturday evening ceremonies at the Ycoor ice rink, which were very well attended too. Once again, Valais proved that it really is a canton with a huge number of sports fans.

Lara Gut-Behrami, a superstar on home soil

Although her fatigue was visible as the races progressed, Lara Gut-Behrami was the top Swiss competitor in all three races. From a Swiss point of view, the highlight was the first downhill on Friday, when Lara Gut-Behrami took first place ahead of Jasmine Flury, for a phenomenal Swiss one-two finish.

It was an Italian win for Marta Bassino in Saturday's downhill,with Federica Brignone, who is always excellent in Crans-Montana, just behind her, followed by Lara Gut-Behrami in third place, by now clearly in the lead in the overall World Cup rankings.

Finally, on Sunday it was Stephanie Venier who put on the show, this time beating the Italian duo Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino.

Now it’s the men’s turn

For once, it's the men and not the women who will be coming to Crans-Montana in the 2024-2025 World Cup season, led by the talented Marco Odermatt. A downhill and a Giant are planned on the Nationale piste. We're already looking forward to the next festival of skiing in Crans-Montana!

 DEPREZ-DUBUIS photo / Video: SkiActu (only in French)

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