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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Val d'Isère Women's Super-G Race Preview

The Women’s Super-G race of the Critérium de la Première Neige will be held on December 17, 2023 in the Oreiller-Killy (the OK) course at La Daille.

December 17th Super-G 11:00 CET

Sofia Goggia won the last Super-G World Cup held in Val d'Isère, on December 19, 2021.

Sofia Goggia won the first Super-G of the season in St. Moritz. Goggia bested Austrian Cornelia Hütter by +0.95 seconds. Laura Gut-Behrami complete the podium (+1.02).

It was her first Super-G victory in almost two years. The last time she was on the top of the podium was in Val d'Isère on December 19, 2021. The 31-year-old speed specialist celebrated her 23rd World Cup victory, her sixth in Super-G.

Goggia has not recorded a podium finish in a World Cup Super-G race between her wins in Val d'Isère (December 2021) and St. Moritz (December 2023).

The last woman to win the first two Super-G events of a World Cup season was Mikaela Shiffrin in 2018-2019 (Lake Louise and St. Moritz).

On December 8 in St. Moritz, Cornelia Hütter finished second in the first Super-G race of the 2023-2024 Alpine Ski World Cup season. Hütter recorded her first-ever podium finish in a World Cup event 10 years ago in Val d'Isère, a third place in the Downhill on December 21, 2013.

Lara Gut-Behrami won the last Super-G of the season at the Finals in Soldeu and grabs the Crystal Globe. It was the fourth time that the 32-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). Last season she was on the Super-G podium four times (St. Anton I and II, Kvitfjell, and Soldeu). She also won the second Super-G race held in St. Anton on January 15.

Gut-Behrami also won Gold in this discipline at both the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2021 World Championships in Cortina.

Lara Gut-Behrami is one win away from becoming the seventh woman to record at least 40 wins in World Cup events, and the second representing Switzerland, after Vreni Schneider (55).

Gut-Behrami finished in third place in the first Super-G of the season in St. Moritz.

Last season Federica Brignone finished in second place +0.22 behind Gut-Behrami in the last Super-G in Soldeu. She finished also in second place in the discipline standings.

Brignone won both women's Giant Slalom events in Tremblant last week. She can become the second Italian woman to win three consecutive World Cup events, after Sofia Goggia won three (two Downhills and a Super-G) in Lake Louise in December 3-5, 2021.

Brignone (8) can overtake Hilde Gerg (8) and take seventh place on the list of women's Super-G World Cup winners. Michaela Dorfmeister is sixth with 10 wins.

Ragnhild Mowinckel rounded out the podium in the last race of the season in Soldeu, 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, Soldeu's Gut-Behrami-Brignone-Mowinckel race podium matched the Crystal Globe podium.

Two of her three World Cup wins were in Super-G: Courchevel-Meribel in March 17, 2022, and Cortina d'Ampezzo in January 22, 2023.

Marta Bassino is the current Super-G world champion. On February 8, 2023, in Courchevel-Méribel, she won her second World Champion title (she won gold at the Parallel in Cortina 2021). Bassino finished ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin (silver), Cornelia Hütter and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (shared bronze medal).

Bassino has yet to win a Super-G event at the World Cup. She finished on the podium four times, two second places (Bansko 2020, and St. Anton 2021), and two third places (St. Anton 2023, and Cortina d'Ampezzo 2023).

Mikaela Shiffrin has won five Super-G events in the Alpine Ski World Cup. Since his victory in St. Moritz Super-G on December 18, 2022, she has participated in nine World Cup speed events finishing outside the podium in all of them (Downhill or Super-G) until last weekend when she won the Downhill in St. Moritz.

Shiffrin's only World Cup participation in this discipline in Val d'Isère was a fifth place in December 2021.


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