Lara Gut-Behrami Wins Last Super-G in Soldeu and Grabs the Crystal Globe
Updated: Apr 17
Lara Gut-Behrami wins the last Super-G of the season at the Finals in Soldeu and grabs the Crystal Globe. Gut-Behrami clinched her 37th World Cup victory, the 3rd this season, with a clean and technically perfect run.
It is the fourth time that the 31-year-old Swiss has won the Super-G Crystal Globe after winning the title of the speed discipline in 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2020-2021. Only Katja Seizinger and Lindsey Vonn five times each have won the Super-G Crystal Globe more times.
The 2022 Olympic champion has won 19 Super-G World races, second-most behind Lindsey Vonn (28). This season she was on the Super-G podium four times. She also won the second Super-G race held in St. Anton on January 15.
"In the last few days, I've found the ease that I was missing a bit in winter. This time I thought to myself, I'll just go full gas. I was expecting to either drop out or have a really fast run. The slope, the course setting suited me", Gut-Behrami said.
"It’s an emotional day, the win, the Globe, Nicole quitting. I am getting older and I am getting more emotional, it’s crazy. I am crying all the time but it’s a nice feeling sometimes. I am really happy the way I skied, it was finally the way I wanted to ski. I felt free and fast. It’s really nice to end the season like that, to win a Super-G, to win the Globe. It was intense", she added.
Federica Brignone finished in second place +0.22 behind Gut-Behrami. She finished also in second place in the Super-G standings. It's her 56th World Cup podium, the seventh one this season.
“Today I am not angry, I am not sad, I am really proud of myself. I was the fifth one, my only chance was to give everything and I made it. I am really proud of my skiing, my attitude, just Lara was better than me. She is a great champion, she won so many times. It was a good fight", Brignone said.
Ragnhild Mowinckel rounded out the podium, her 13th World Cup podium, in third place +0.47 seconds behind the Swiss and finished in third place in the discipline standings. In a neat image of symmetry, today's Gut-Behrami-Brignone-Mowinckel race podium matched the Crystal Globe podium.
"I am extremely happy. It has been an even season with a lot of competitors and it was a great fight up until the very last race and that is what I think this sport is about", Mowinckel said.
Today was again time to say goodbye to another skier. St. Moritz 2017 World Champion Nicole Schmidhofer ended her career at the age of 34.