Lara Gut-Behrami made a stunning comeback from ninth place in the first run to win the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra on Saturday. This was her fourth giant slalom win of the season, which propelled her into the top spot of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings, surpassing Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin has been recovering from a knee injury sustained in a crash at last month’s Cortina downhill. Despite this setback, she remains determined to regain her position as the leader of the overall standings.
In the first run, Gut-Behrami trailed Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds. However, she had a strong second run, coming in second-best and securing the win with a combined time of 1:59.27. The early leaders, Bassino and Federica Brignone, made mistakes that caused them to miss out on the podium. New Zealand’s Alice Robinson came in second, while Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt finished third.
Gut-Behrami was overjoyed with her win and praised her team for their support during her recovery process. She said that it was a tough race and that she just wanted to attack in the second run. With this victory, she now leads Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings and is 135 points ahead of Brignone in the race for the giant slalom Crystal Globe. Some of the women will be back in action in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.