In the absence of the injured triple winner this season Lara Gut, Ilka Stuhec is celebrating her fifth win in the Super-G this Winter, well ahead of the runners up. The Slovenian World Downhill Champion triumphed in a great atmosphere and in bright sunny conditions, leaving Elena Curtoni (ITA) and Stephanie Venier (AUT) behind, by 0.50 and 1.09 seconds respectively. It is only the third podium place in her career for the 26 year old Italian, after two third places in 2016 (St. Moritz Downhill and Val d’Isère Super-G). Stephanie Venier, the 23 year old Downhill Silver Medal winner, has only previously finished on a World Cup podium once in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Tina Weirather from Lichtenstein just missed a podium place, coming in 1.26 seconds behind Stuhec, followed in 5th place by Friday’s Alpine Combined winner, Federica Brignone. Tina’s 4th place meant that she was able to take her training partner Lara Gut’s place in the lead for the discipline. She is 6 points ahead of the Swiss athlete, and 16 points ahead of Stuhec. The end of season promises some suspense in the last two races of the season in South Korea and Aspen.
With another amazing performance, Stuhec has increased her prize money from 45,000 to 65,000 Francs, and she edges closer to the top of the overall World Cup rankings. She is now 256 points behind the leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who despite the advantageous number 2 start bib, had to settle for 13th place today. Despite withdrawing from the race the day before, she didn’t have too many difficulties getting to the finish line. This wasn’t the case for Victoria Rebensburg, Sofia Goggia and Lindsey Vonn, and around a third of the 61 participants. Athletes with higher start numbers had it a bit tougher on the Mont Lachaux piste, which proved to be not only very selective, but also in spring-like, “soft” condition today . Tiffany Gauthier (FRA/No. 38) and Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN/42) however finished in 10th and 12th places respectively, showing that the task was still achievable.
Amongst those who were eliminated, two Swiss, Fabienne Suter and Jasmine Flury, who would have placed in the Top 10 right until the final seconds. Corinne Suter was the highest placed Swiss competitor, in 14th place.
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