Gut continues fine form in Courchevel taking second

Gut grabbed an early advantage on the first run to go into the lead before Brem edged her out. Then for the second run, Gut attacked the course as the sun started to fade. It has been a hard few days in France for Gut but she has benefitted from the work put in during the summer. Although she crossed the line in the joint lead with Loeseth, Brem still had to come down.

After the race, Gut explained that she was “looking forward to the break, I had no strength when skiing. The slope was not a problem, I lost my strength on the 2nd run – second place, however, is a great Christmas gift. It is much more important that you are in front in March than in December, so the World Cup for me is not an issue.”

Lindsey Vonn put the disappointment from the Val d’Isere downhill behind her to finish in thirteenth spot and had looked in good shape coming across the flats at the top of the second run but hit a few difficulties on the steep section and dropped off the pace.

Carmen Thalmann took eleventh. After the race Thalmann explained: “For me it’s a beautiful day today. I’m happy that I could go down there twice and it has become such a good result.”

Ramona Siebenhofer produced a fantastic second run to pull up from 27th after the first run to 18th from a start number of 39 while Anne-Sophie Barthet and Wendy Holdener produced strong performances to place 21st and 22nd with Taina Barioz in 24th.

Gut has taken the lead in the race for the Overall with Vonn in second and is now in second in the season long Giant Slalom standings. The girls next race in Lienz just after Christmas.

 

Results

1. Eva-Maria Brem
2. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
2. Nina Loeseth
11. Carmen Thalmann (AUT) HEAD
13. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
18. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) HEAD
21. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD
22. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
24. Taina Barioz (FRA) HEAD

 

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