On Saturday in Andorra, Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami staged an impressive comeback from ninth place on the first run to claim victory in the Soldeu giant slalom. This was her fourth giant slalom win of the season, which propelled her to the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings. Mikaela Shiffrin, still recovering from a knee injury sustained in a crash last month, was unable to defend her title.
Gut-Behrami initially trailed leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run but delivered an outstanding performance in the second run. Her determination paid off as she secured the fastest time, causing early leaders Bassino and Federica Brignone to miss out on the podium.
In a close race, Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson by one-hundredth of a second to secure first place with a combined time of 1:59.27. AJ Hurt finished third for Team USA.
After leading Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings, Gut-Behrami is now 135 points ahead of Brignone in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race. Some of the women are set to compete in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.
Gut-Behrami expressed her happiness about the win, acknowledging the tough race and her plan to attack in the second run. “I’m really happy with my result today,” she said after crossing the finish line. “It was a tough race, but I knew I had to give it my all if I wanted to win.”