The Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami has become world champion in the giant slalom in Cortina d’Ampezzo and won her second gold medal after the Super G triumph. In an exciting competition on Thursday, the ski racer prevailed by 0.02 seconds ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin from the USA who was in the lead after the first run. Third place went to Katharina Liensberger from Austria, who was just 0.09 seconds short of her second gold medal.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said the Swiss woman about her eighth World Cup medal. Shiffrin can add another medal to bronze in the Super-G, gold in the combination and now silver in the giant slalom on Saturday in the slalom.
Shiffrin has been six-time world champion since Monday – and with silver on Thursday she is now ten-time medalist in the global championships. On Saturday (February 20, 10 a.m.) she could draw level with the seven world titles of French Marielle Goitschel (7 gold, 11 medals) and Swede Anja Pärson (7/13) in the all-time list of the best. Only Christl Cranz (12/15) was ever more successful.
The co-favorites in Cortina d’Ampezzo were surprisingly far behind: Defending champion Petra Vlhova from Slovakia came in twelfth, Marta Bassino from Italy as the leader in the Giant Slalom World Cup in 13th.
The only German starter Andrea Filser came in 20th.