Lara Gut-Behrami is the first double world champion of the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. A week after the Super-G on Thursday, the 29-year-old Swiss also won the giant slalom in a historic hundredth of a second. Because combined world champion and half-time leader Mikaela Shiffrin from the USA was only two hundredths of a second missing in the end and parallel world champion Katharina Liensberger from Vorarlberg was third and only nine hundredths of a second to gold. </p><div> <p>Styrian Ramona Siebenhofer (+1.26 sec.), Only 14th after the first round, raced to fifth place in the final with the third-best running time and thus left ex-world champion Tessa Worley from France (7th) who Slovak defending champion Petra Vlhova (12th) and also top favorite Marta Bassino from Italy (13th) behind her.</p>
Liensberger achieved the best time in the finals in fourth place, even though she was “lying on the bottom” for a short time, as ÖSV technical trainer Hannes Zöchling, who set the first round, put it. “It’s really amazing. That I can make it onto the podium in the giant slalom. It’s a very nice moment right now,” said the 23-year-old. “I’ve worked so much and hard for it. It’s wonderful when you know the work is paying off.”
SN/GEPA pictures </span> </span> <figcaption class="inline-image__caption"> Katharina Liensberger won bronze in the giant slalom. </figcaption></figure>A change in the material also paid off. Because after successful tests on the Reiteralm, Liensberger contested the World Championships with a completely new giant slalom setup. Your new racing ski is no longer so hard. "We tried new models before the World Cup, and that worked out great in parallel," said the patron.
The whole universe contributed to my being so down. All that energy that was sent to me today. It is just beautiful. ”
For Gut-Behrami, however, another dream came true with the second World Cup triumph in the Dolomites. “It was always a wish of mine to get a medal once in the giant”, emphasized Gut-Behrami, who after Super G gold and downhill bronze her third medal in Cortina and eighth in total (two golds and three silver each and bronze).
For Shiffrin it was even the tenth time at a World Cup (six gold, two silver and bronze medals). “A medal in giant slalom is always special,” said the 2018 Olympic champion, who was runner-up in this discipline in St. Moritz four years ago and third in Aare two years ago.
The 25-year-old assured her that she “didn’t care that she was only a blink of an eye away from her seventh World Cup title, I’m very happy.”
For Siebenhofer it was already the third fifth place in Cortina after downhill and combined. “It seems I have booked fifth place at this World Cup,” said the 29-year-old after her “best giant slalom ever”. After she had been restrained in the first run in the lower part and had lost a lot of time, she put “everything on one card” in the second. Despite missing the medal, Siebenhofer was satisfied: “With three top 5 times you don’t need to hide.”
ÖSV women’s boss Christian Mitter also received praise: “Three times fifth in three different disciplines and four different pairs of skis, she is a really good skier.” Because of the “three different types of snow”, the giant slalom was a very special challenge. That “demanded everything from the girls – physically and tactically”.
The refore, he is particularly satisfied not only because of the medal. “First and third in the second run, that shows the mental quality”, emphasized Mitter.
Stephanie Brunner, on the other hand, retired after rank 17 at halftime in the second round. “Unbelievable. It went so well in training. I’m really disappointed, all the work was in vain,” said the 26-year-old Tyrolean. Her compatriot Franziska Gritsch had already dropped out in the first round. “It’s very frustrating, I have to say. It just doesn’t work in the race at the moment,” was the comment of the 23-year-old.
The US American Nina O’Brien, who was only two hundredths behind her compatriot Shiffrin second at halftime, was on the gold course until the last interim period, before falling back to tenth place after a “stay”. “Up until that point, it looked like a perfect run,” said the 23-year-old, who was born in San Francisco but now lives in Denver.
In the World Cup, O’Brien has never been better than 13th in giant slalom, only in slalom she was ninth in the top ten before the turn of the year. “Of course I’m a little disappointed because I made this mistake, all the speed was gone. I gave it my all. But it’s still a good result for me,” said the Californian.
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Liensberger wins bronze giant slalom gold GutBehrami silver Shiffrin