Bettors who took Lara Gut-Behrami (+1200) to win her first super-G in nearly three years were rewarded for their prescience on Sunday as the Swiss speed specialist edged out Italian rival Marta Bassino by 0.16 seconds at Austria’s St. Anton am Arlberg.
The victory gives Gut-Behrami her lucky 13th World Cup victory in super-G. She also broke a bit of a dry spell on Austrian snow, as it’s been exactly a decade since her Jan. 9, 2011 super-G victory at Altenmarkt/Zauchensee.
Sunday’s win also gave Gut-Behrami an elusive 27th World Cup victory across all disciplines, which puts her alone in second, passing alpine ski legend Michela Figini, among Swiss women.
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Gut-Behrami Expresses Relief
Gut-Behrami said the return to the top of the podium for the first time since her super-G victory in Cortina in February 2019 gave her feelings of relief rather than elation.
“I’ve been skiing cleanly and technically well for a while, but the last step always seemed to elude me,” Gut-Behrami said in a post-race interview. “But today, I was able to find the missing piece, and I’m happy to get the victory here in St. Anton.”
Bassino, so close to the win, was left once again, staring one step up. The 27-year-old has a trio of World Cup victories in giant slalom, but was just off the pace for her first World Cup speed victory.
Finishing third was Gut-Behrami’s Swiss teammate Corinne Suter. Counting Sunday, Suter has finished in the top seven in each of the last eight World Cup super-G events, and on the podium four of the previous five speed events. Sunday marked her second consecutive super-G podium this season, after finishing second in Val d’Isère last month.
Will Shiffrin Make an Appearance in Flachau this Week?
The speed racers will have a chance to regroup and get some training over the next few weeks, while the technical skiers are set to keep racing.
Next up for the women, another stop in Austria at the famed Flachau slalom on Tuesday, though the start lists have yet to be determined. Speculation is running rampant about whether Mikaela Shiffrin will return to the legendary course in efforts to avenge her 2020 loss on one of her favorite courses to Slovakian World Cup points leader Petra Vlhová.