Gut storms to Lake Louise Su­per-G win

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World Cup over­all champion Lara Gut claimed the sea­son open­ing women’s su­per-G race at Lake Louise on Sun­day, one day af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the down­hill. Gut, who won the bronze medal in the down­hill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, clocked a time of one minute, 02.68 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing 0.10 sec­onds ahead of Tina Weirather of Liecht­en­stein. Italy’s Sofia Gog­gia was third in 1:03.27. Overnight snow flur­ries and poor vis­i­bil­ity de­layed the start of the race 75 min­utes so or­ga­niz­ers could make sure the track was safe to ski on. Gut had to plough through some thick snow for her win but it turned out to be the per­fect storm for the 25-year-old from Lugano, Switzer­land. She not only took ad­van­tage of the or­ga­niz­ers’ de­ci­sion to shorten the su­per-G course be­cause of the bad weather, but the flat ter­rain-that makes Lake Louise one of the less de­mand­ing speed courses on the cir­cuit-suited her game plan.

“I am fi­nally leav­ing Lake Louise with a full smile,” Gut wrote on her Twit­ter ac­count. “And the slope didn’t get any steeper, hehehe.” Gut showed steady im­prove­ment as the first speed races of the 2016-17 FIS Ski World Cup sea­son kicked off in the Cana­dian Rocky Moun­tains with a pair of down­hills fol­lowed by the su­per-G.

In the back-to-back down­hills she fin­ished fourth on Fri­day and sec­ond on Satur­day be­hind Ilka Stuhec.

“Yes­ter­day and the last days, I had the feel­ing I was fi­nally start­ing to build some­thing,” Gut said.

“I wasn’t ski­ing re­ally well at the top. So I un­der­stood that I should change some­thing, and from the mid­dle on I tried to keep a re­ally straight line and be ag­gres­sive. I’m happy it paid off.”

Weirather skied from the fifth start­ing position and set the early pace. She said her first podium fin­ish of the young sea­son has given her a con­fi­dence boost.

“I was pretty an­gry af­ter yes­ter­day, so I tried to put that anger into ski­ing to­day,” she said of her ninth place fin­ish in Satur­day’s down­hill. “That helped me for sure and now the con­fi­dence is up and I hope to keep it go­ing.”

Slove­nia’s Stuhec, who also won Fri­day’s down­hill race, fin­ished fifth in the su­per-G with a time of 1:03.42.

Swe­den’s Ka­jsa Kling was fourth with a time of 1:03.38. Kling placed a sur­prise third in Fri­day’s down­hill. The ladies now head to Sestriere, Italy, for a gi­ant slalom on Satur­day. — AFP

LAKE LOUISE: Switzer­land’s Lara Gut stands in the fin­ish area fol­low­ing her win at the women’s World Cup su­per-G ski race in Lake Louise, Al­berta, Sun­day. — AP

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