In the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra on Saturday (10 February), Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami made a remarkable comeback from ninth place on the first run to secure her fourth giant slalom win of the season. This impressive achievement allowed her to surpass Mikaela Shiffrin and claim the top spot in the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.
Gut-Behrami initially trailed leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run, but she delivered an outstanding performance in the second run. Her determination resulted in her securing the fastest time, causing early leaders Bassino and Federica Brignone to miss out on the podium.
In a close race, Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson by just one-hundredth of a second to claim first place with a combined time of 1:59.27. Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt finished third, while Robinson settled for fourth place.
Gut-Behrami expressed her happiness about the win, acknowledging the tough race and her plan to attack in the second run. After leading Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings, she is now 135 points ahead of Brignone in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race. Some of the women are set to compete in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.
Gut-Behrami’s comeback from ninth place on the first run was truly impressive as she demonstrated her skill and determination throughout both runs. Her victory was well deserved as she outperformed all other competitors with her excellent skiing skills and mental focus.
The Soldeu giant slalom saw some close competition between Gut-Behrami and other skiers like Bassino, Brignone, and Robinson. However, Gut-Behrami’s outstanding performance secured her victory over all others.
Gut-Behrami’s win was significant as it allowed her to surpass Mikaela Shiffrin and move to the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings. With this victory, Gut-Behrami has secured herself a spot atop of world cup rankings for this season.
In conclusion, Lara Gut-Behrami’s comeback from ninth place on the first run to secure victory in Soldeu giant slalom was an impressive feat that showcased her exceptional skiing skills and mental focus. Her victory has propelled him into contention for overall world cup title this season with Mikaela Shiffrin being injured due to knee injury sustained last month..