Another magnificent double for Lara Gut-Behrami and Corinne Suter in the second Crans-Montana Downhill. Thanks to her 2nd place, Suter also takes the crystal globe for the Downhill.
Lara Gut-Behrami and Corinne Suter are truly unstoppable in Crans-Montana. The day after their double in the first Downhill in the Haut-Plateau resort, the two Swiss did it again in the second race, delighting thousands of spectators.
With renewed confidence and skiing, another stunning performance from Lara Gut-Behrami gave her a second win in two days. This Valais win is the 26th in her career, which places her alongside Tina Maze and Michela Figini, no less. It is the fourth time that the skier from Comano has managed a double in the same weekend, a feat that she hasn’t managed since December 2015, in Val d'Isère. The fact that Lara Gut-Behrami has worked hard to regain her form after her knee injury in the Saint-Moritz Worlds in 2017, whilst she was on top form, shouldn't be forgotten.
A first downhill globe for Switzerland since 1991
It was a close call for the skier from Ticino to beat Corinne Suter again. Although she led by 0.80 on Friday, she was just 0.02 in front of her compatriot on Saturday. Still, Corinne Suter will be enjoying this podium place, the 8th in her career, because it means that she has secured the downhill crystal globe. It’s now impossible for the Czech Ester Ledecka to catch up with her in the Downhill standing, with only one race left in Cortina.
For Corinne Suter, it’s a real achievement, after skyrocketing in the Worlds in Åre a year ago, and lining up the podium places in the speed disciplines since then. Free of any pressure, her results have been extremely consistent, enabling her to pick up the first downhill crystal globe for Switzerland since Chantal Bournissen in 1991.
The final podium place in the second downhill in Crans-Montana was taken by the surprising Austrian Nina Ortlieb, her first World Cup podium place. Patrick Ortlieb’s daughter was also close to the winning time, just 0.5 behind Lara Gut-Behrami.
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|1st Lara Gut-Behrami/SUI|
|2nd Corinne Suter/SUI|
|3rd Nina Ortlieb/AUT|
|A charming podium for the second Downhill on the programme.|
Corinne Suter: “I’m very proud”
Thanks to her second place in the second Crans-Montana Downhill, Corinne Suter is sure of taking the Downhill crystal globe. The athlete from Schwyz was visibly extremely moved in the finish area.
That’s it ! Corinne Suter is safe at the top of the World Cup Downhill standings. The world silver medallist has now secured the crystal globe in the discipline, as there is only one race left, in the Cortina d’Ampezzo finals. Switzerland has been waiting 29 years for another win, after Chantal Bournissen’s victory.
“It’s incredible, an immense joy, I’m so happy”, exclaimed the 25 year old. “I was stressed before the race, much more than usual. I wanted to validate my performance yesterday, and it went extremely well. I don’t think people were expecting to see two Swiss doubles in two days. It’s just wonderful.” Only 0.02 separated her from Lara Gut-Behrami, who was unstoppable on the Mont Lachaux piste.
Rewarded for consistency
In this second Downhill in two days, Corinne Suter managed to ignore her fatigue: “I was exhausted today because I didn’t sleep very well, and yesterday was a very trying day. But I told myself that I had to give it my all for one and a half minutes. I really managed to control my race, it was great.”
Above all, this new podium place, the 6th in her last 10 World Cup Downhills, means that the crystal globe is hers, a reward for her progress over the last few months. “Managing to be so consistent over the whole season is incredible. I’m very proud.” She adds, “This Globe is a dream that in time became a goal.”
From now on, Corinne Suter can concentrate on chasing the Super-G crystal globe, as she is currently leading the standings. “I’m going to pursue the same course of action”, she promises. The next meet for her is next weekend, in La Thuile (ITA).
Video: Johan Tachet