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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Women's Alpine Ski World Cup Super-G Races in St. Moritz Preview

Last season Lara Gut-Behrami and Federica Brignone were the winners of the two Super-G held in St. Moritz.

On December 11, 2021, Lara Gut-Behrami returned to her winning ways with a Super-G victory. Gut-Behrami was characteristically compact and consistent. She bested Sofia Goggia by 0.18 seconds. Mikaela Shiffrin joined the unbeatable duo to complete the podium (+1.18).

Lara Gut-Behrami is level with Renate Götschl (both 17) in second place on the women's list for most World Cup Super-G wins, behind Lindsey Vonn (28). Of Gut-Behrami 17 Super-G wins in the World Cup, two were in St. Moritz, in 2008 and 2021.

Her victory in the Super-G in St. Moritz in 2008 was her first win

in the World Cupt. With an age of 17 years and 237 days back then, she is still the youngest ever winner of a World Cup Super-G event.

Coming into St. Moritz, Lara Gut-Behrami (35) was ninth in the all-time women's list for most World Cup victories, one behind Katja Seizinger (36) in eighth place.

The following day the jury decided to use the reserve exit due to the strong wind. On a shortened racecourse, the Italian team puts on a show with a 1-2 podium and 5 skiers in the Top 10.

Federica Brignone defeated her teammate Elena Curtoni to claim victory in the second Super-G held in St. Moritz. Brignone mastered the difficult conditions with risky and technically clean skiing, especially in the midsection.

Elena Curtoni finished in second place +0.11 behind Brignone.

Mikaela Shiffrin was again on the podium in the same position (+0.44).

Federica Brignone won the crystal globe in the women's Super-G last season. It marked Italy's first crystal globe win in the women's Super-G. Brignone (542) finished 126 points ahead of teammate Elena Curtoni (416). Mikaela Shiffrin finished in the third position (409).

Brignone previously won the Overall and Giant Slalom crystal globes in the 2019-2020 season and twice topped the World Cup standings in the Alpine combined (2018-2019, and 2019-2020).

In the past 10 seasons, only one woman won the Super-G crystal globe in back-to-back seasons: Tina Weirather in 2016-2017, and 2017-2018.

The victory was also a step forward for the women’s Italian ski team as Brignone became the first female Italian to win the Super-G globe. Last season Italy recorded a total of 11 wins in all events in the women's World Cup overcoming the record set by the team in 1996-1997.

Italy has claimed six victories in the women's Super-G in the 2021-2022 World Cup season. Only Austria (6 in 2004-2005) ever recorded as many wins in a single season in the women's Super-G.

Federica Brignone has won three Super-G races last World Cup season (Garmisch-Partenkirchen -ex aequos with Cornelia Hütter-, Zauchensee, and St. Moritz).

Corinne Suter won the first Super-G of the season ahead of Cornelia Huetter +0.02 and Ragnhild Mowinckel +0.16. It was her second World Cup victory in the Super-G. It was her 22nd podium and 5th victory in the World Cup.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won 76 World Cup races. She is six wins short to tie with Lindsey Vonn (82) as record holder among women. The only man to have won more World Cup events is Ingemar Stenmark (86).

Shiffrin finished second in each of her last two participations in World Cup Super-G events, in Lenzerheide and Courchevel (both in March 2022). Her most recent victory in a World Cup Super-G event was in Bansko on 26 January 2020.

Of Shiffrin's nine podium places at World Cup Super-G events, four were achieved in St. Moritz. She won at this venue on 8 December 2018 and finished third in each of the last three women's World Cup Super-G events in St. Moritz.

Sofia Goggia won two World Cup Super-G events last season. She finished on the Super-G podium 12 times including 5 victories.

Elena Curtoni was on the podium in the Super-G five times including one victory last season in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 23 January 2022.

Tamara Tippler is the alpine skier, male or female, to have collected the most World Cup Super-G podiums, nine, without ever winning.


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