Gut wins her first race on HEAD skis in Aspen
With Mikaela Shiffrin and Federica Brignone to go after her on the second run, Gut put in a tremendous second run to put pressure on the leading two from the first run in the deteriorating conditions. The nod of the head and the satisfied look as she stood in the finish was there for all to see as she reflected on her run. It was a gutsy second run knowing that she had a large deficit to make up on the leading after the first run. Bib number thirteen brought Lara Gut her thirteenth World Cup win.
“I have to say that when I crossed the finish line in the lead, I was happy to know that I was going to finish on the podium, I mean a second race with the new skis and already on the podium is simply awesome,” said Gut. “It’s cool to win again.”
Kajsa Kling started the second run off and put in a performance that was great to see after her injury last season. Kling hung on to a place on the podium for a long time before ending up in fifteenth.
Sara Hector won her maiden race in similar weather conditions last season yet she was unable to capitalise on her fifth place from the first run. Eighth place was to be her reward for the hard work. Elena Curtoni scored her third best career result in taking 13th despite having been in tenth after the first run.
Lindsey Vonn crashed out on the first run and has now turned her attention to Lake Louise next week where she will compete in all three speed races. Stephanie Brunner jumped from bib 42 to make hers second World Cup points finish with 20th.
The Aspen slope, home for the 2017 World Cup Finals, had some great terrain to challenge the racers: Mid way down the slope, both courses had a gate set that demanded the upmost attention and could make or break a run. Gut attacked this section on both runs and was rewarded the fastest split on the second run. This went a long way towards her success in the race overall.
Gut’s win sees her move up to second in the Giant Slalom standings after two races.
1. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
2. Eva Maria Brem
3. Federica Brignone
8. Sara Hector (SWE) HEAD
13. Elena Curtoni (ITA) HEAD
15. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
20. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) HEAD
25. Anne Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD