(Crans-Montana) The Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami mastered a capricious route on Sunday and she won the super-G in Crans-Montana, in her native country, counting for the Alpine Skiing World Cup.
On a perfect day, Gut-Behrami negotiated the course in 1: 15.63 and she edged Austria’s Tamara Tippler by 93 hundredths of a second.
The Italian Federica Brignone, the reigning world champion in the general classification, placed third, 1.02 seconds behind the winner.
Quebecer Marie-Michèle Gagnon finished in 13e place after registering a time of 1: 17.45.
Five of the 20 top-ranked skiers to take the start either retired or were disqualified. The list includes Sofia Goggia, who had won downhill runs on the Mont Lachaux piste the two previous days.
Of his 28 career World Cup victories, Gut-Behrami has 14 in super-G, a discipline that demands speed, technical skills and the ability to improvise. Unlike downhill, athletes do not train on the exact track.
“In super-G, when I’m doing really well, everything is easier,” said Gut-Behrami, who is heading for the third title of his career in this discipline.
“It’s not as easy as it sounds. ”