Fantastic performance by the Ticino: after gold in the Super-G, Lara Gut-Behrami also wins gold in the giant slalom. Thanks to just two hundredths.
Lara Gut-Behrami can’t get the smile off her face in the finish area of Cortina d’Ampezzo. First her sticks fly through the air, then she hugs competitor after competitor. She has just landed the really big coup: The Ticino woman has become world champion in giant slalom.
It is one of the greatest moments in the 29-year-old’s career. Maybe it’s even the biggest. Because while the gold medal in the Super-G was almost expected by the Swiss, who recently dominated everything and everyone in this discipline, the triumph in the giant slalom comes as a surprise.
The really big figure of this World Cup
Gut-Behrami is also doing something about sports history: She is the first Swiss woman since Maria Walliser to win two gold medals at a World Cup – and three in total. At the Swiss Miracle World Cup in Crans-Montana in 1987, Walliser won gold in the Super-G and the downhill as well as bronze in the giant slalom. Gut-Behrami can now wear the same medals.
In addition to the two gold runs in Super-G and Giant Slalom, she also won bronze in the downhill. She is the really big figure in these championships.
Gisin with disappointment
And if you see her swinging down the Tofana piste this Thursday, you can’t imagine that this woman once had trouble in the giant slalom. It wasn’t even long ago that the results were mostly in double digits. But this year everything is different, everything is better, the Ticino is a winner. And now also double world champion. She wins the giant slalom two hundredths ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin, while the Austrian Katharina Liensberger takes bronze.
The Engelberger crouched at the finish, touched her helmet. As fifth in the first run, she too had the prospect of a medal. But the 27-year-old is too late to cross the terrain, just manages to get back on the course, but loses a lot of time and has to be content with 11th place. In front of her is still Wendy Holdener, who is completing a mammoth program this week and is eighth.