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val d’isere, france» Lara Gut bounced back in style from two mis­er­able per­for­mances to win a World Cup su­per-G race Sun­day for her third vic­tory of the sea­son and 21st ca­reer win.

The de­fend­ing World Cup over­all cham­pion failed to fin­ish Fri­day’s alpine com­bined race and Satur­day’s down­hill, drop­ping valu­able points in her quest to close the gap on Ea­gleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin, the cur­rent World Cup leader.

“To­day I loved the fact I could ski the way I wanted. That’s what I’m tak­ing from the week­end; I found my­self again,” Gut said.

Gut is five points be­hind Shiffrin head­ing into Tues­day’s GS in the nearby alpine re­sort of Courchevel, France. Shiffrin skipped the three speed events in Val d’Isere, but she will re­turn for Courchevel ac­tion.

Hirscher ties Tomba’s record

B la villa, italy» Mar­cel Hirscher matched Al­berto Tomba with a record fourth gi­ant-slalom vic­tory in Alta Ba­dia on Sun­day. The over­all World Cup leader from Aus­tria in­creased his first-leg lead and fin­ished 0.71 sec­onds ahead of Mathieu Faivre of France.

Back pain ham­per­ing Ligety

B la villa, italy» His back rav­aged by a shoot­ing pain that stretches all the way down his leg, Olympic gi­ant slalom cham­pion Ted Ligety can hardly ski at all these days.

No won­der he lost con­trol and slid out sev­eral gates into his open­ing run Sun­day. “I’ve been get­ting in­jec­tions and try­ing to get it sorted out, but it hasn’t re­ally turned the cor­ner yet,” Ligety said.

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