Marta Bassino is the New Super-G Queen
Updated: Feb 12
Marta Bassino wins today's Super-G race in Courchevel-Méribel to claimed her second World Champion Title, -she won gold in the Parallel in Cortina 2021-, thanks to a super ride in the demanding Roc de Fer. Bassino took her excellent form to Courchevel-Méribel. After finishing on the podium in the last two World Cup Super-Gs before the World Championships she founded her triumph in a super performance on the second half of the track, the most technical sections of the Méribel racecourse.
It's her first victory in a Super-G, her six victories in the World Cup came in the Giant Slalom.
“I’m so excited because it was really hard to watch all the girls after me because I lost a lot of time in the first part but then I think I did really great in the last part. It’s still a little bit unbelievable", Bassino said.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished in second place just +0.11 seconds behind Bassino. Today's silver is Shiffrin 12th medal in an Alpine World Ski Championships.
"That was the best run I could do on this track and I had one turn where coming on to the pitch I lost it all. This is a difficult track. It feels really, really nice to have a very strong performance on this hill in the super-G and I am looking forward to the Giant Slalom and the Slalom", Shiffrin said.
Cornelia Huetter and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie rounded out the podium in a joint third place +0.33 seconds behind the Italian.
For the 30-year-old Austrian skier who was fourth in the Super-G in the 2015 World Championships before being struck down by a series of injuries, today's podium is a long waited reward.
"The last years I was not able to ski and race because I was at home with a bad knee. I had tears in my eyes for a few moments today at the finish", Huetter said.
Together with Huetter, Lie was also able to celebrate her greatest success of her career.
"It’s insane. I am so happy and I am so proud. I had a low start number, it was difficult, but I believed in myself. It was such a close race. It's so beautiful, I'm living my dream", Lie said.
The women speed specialists delivered an extremely close race - 14 stayed within a second. Defending champion Lara Gut-Behrami missed the medals in the lower part of the track by only four hundredths (+0.37) and finished in sixth place .
Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel (+0.36) finished in 5th place.