Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami made an impressive comeback on Saturday in the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra. She finished ninth on the first run but secured victory in the end, thanks to her outstanding performance in the second run.
Gut-Behrami trailed leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run, but she delivered a remarkable comeback and beat Bassino with her fastest time. This was Gut-Behrami’s fourth giant slalom win of the season, and it allowed her to surpass Mikaela Shiffrin and move to the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.
Shiffrin is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in a crash last month, and she missed out on the podium this time around. With a combined time of 1:59.27, Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson by one-hundredth of a second, securing her spot as the winner of this race. AJ Hurt finished third for Team USA.
Gut-Behrami expressed her happiness about winning, acknowledging how tough it had been throughout the race. After leading Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings, she now has a 135-point lead over Federica Brignone in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race. Some women are set to compete in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.
Gut-Behrami’s victory is undoubtedly a significant achievement for any skier, especially considering that she started ninth after missing out on qualifying for Saturday’s race initially due to poor weather conditions earlier this week.
This win marks another milestone for Gut-Behrami as she continues to dominate women’s ski racing with her incredible speed and skill on both runs.
In conclusion, Lara Gut-Behrami achieved an impressive comeback from ninth place to secure victory in Saturday’s giant slalom race in Andorra. Her outstanding performance allowed her to surpass Mikaela Shiffrin and move to the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings while leading Federica Brignone by 135 points in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race.