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New World Cup Leader Lara Gut-Behrami Wins Giant Slalom in Soldeu

Updated: Feb 11

Lara Gut-Behrami. Soldeu 2024. Giant Slalom.
Lara Gut-Behrami. Soldeu 2024. Giant Slalom. Picture: GEPA Pictures / HEAD Ski

Lara Gut-Behrami wins the Giant Slalom in Soldeu to earn her sixth win of the season and take the lead of the Overall World Cup standings five points ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin. She finished ahead of Alice Robinson (+0.01) and AJ Hurt (+0.15).

The Ticino skier went full-attack in a course set by her coach Alejo Hervas and despite making a mistake in the lower section she was able to set the second best time in the second run to climb up eight positions from ninth to first place.

The 32-year-old Swiss looks unstoppable at the moment and celebrated her 43rd win in the Alpine Ski World Cup. It's her 85th podium in the World Cup, 24 of them were in Giant Slalom.

It's her ninth win in the Giant Slalom discipline. She finished in the Top-10 in 27 of the last 29 World Cup Giant Slaloms. She made it to the podium 12 times and won 5 times in the last 29 World Cup Giant Slaloms.

It's her fourth Giant Slalom win this season. She won the first two Giant Slaloms of the season in Sölden and Killington and the last one before today in Kronplatz.

After today's win, Gut-Behrami increases her lead in the Giant World Cup standings over Federica Brignone to 135 points with only two more Giant Slalom races on the calendar.

"I'm just very happy about the win. It was a tough race. I totally messed up the first run, the second run was good except for the mistake shortly before the end. It's nice that it finally worked out. I wanted to show everything that was missing in the first run in the second. I gave everything", Gut-Behrami said.

"The Globes are awarded in March and not before because this season has shown that you have to be fast but also stay healthy. My priority is to get to the end of the season and sometimes we forget. It's not always about points or wins, but more about skiing great and staying safe", she added.

Alice Robinson finished for a fourth time on the podium this season.

"It's always a bit bittersweet coming second by one hundredth. For sure I'm a little bit disappointed that I couldn't win but a podium is still a really good result. I think I've gotten to a point where I'm feeling a lot more consistent than I've ever felt. Over different weekends, different slopes, and different snow conditions, I feel like my skiing is been quite solid across the board", Robinson said.

23-year-old AJ Hurt achieved today in Soldeu her maiden World Cup podium. Hurt is the first U.S. woman skier other than Mikaela Shiffrin to reach a Giant Slalom podium since Lindsey Vonn in December 2015 in Are.

"I didn't really know what to expect coming into today because I've never been here before. I was hurt all last season so I was excited to come back at all, I'm excited even to be ski racing at all. So I went as hard as I could, and I'm glad this is the outcome", Hurt said.

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