STUHEC TAKES THE TOP STEP

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Lara Gut crashed. Mikaela Shiffrin was ec­static af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth. Lind­sey Vonn was just happy to make it down safely in 12th. It was an up-and-down day for the big­gest names in women’s ski rac­ing yes­ter­day and Ilka Stuhec of Slove­nia took ad­van­tage, at Cortina d’Am­pezzo, Italy, to win the first World Cup Su­per-G of her ca­reer. Stuhec fin­ished 0.31 sec­onds ahead of Sofia Gog­gia of Italy and 0.70 in front of two-time over­all cham­pion Anna Veith of Aus­tria. Gut, the de­fend­ing over­all cham­pion, was fastest through the first two check­points when she lost con­trol and twisted around in the air. She was for­tu­nate to land with her skis fac­ing down­hill and came away with only bruises on her right leg and arm, ac­cord­ing to the Swiss team. “That’s not the way I ex­pected to end my week­end,” Gut wrote on Face­book. “I’m OK. Ice will be my best friend for the next few days.” Shiffrin missed the podium by just 0.03 sec­onds and ex­tended her over­all lead to 80 points ahead of Gut af­ter the best speed re­sult of her ca­reer. The Amer­i­can’s pre­vi­ous best speed re­sult was 13th. “That was re­ally fun,” said Shiffrin, the Olympic and two-time world cham­pion in slalom. “Some­times in speed if you feel good, you’re slow, so when I came to the bot­tom I was like, `That can’t be good’. Then I saw I was in fourth and I was like, `What? No way’.”

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