In the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra, Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami made a remarkable comeback from ninth place in the first run to win the race. This was her fourth giant slalom victory of the season, and it catapulted her into the top spot of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings, surpassing Mikaela Shiffrin.
Lara Gut-Behrami had a strong second run, finishing in second-best and securing her win with a combined time of 1:59.27. The early leaders, Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone, made mistakes that caused them to miss out on the podium. Alice Robinson from New Zealand came in second, while AJ Hurt from Shiffrin’s team was third.
After crossing the finish line, Lara Gut-Behrami was overjoyed with her win and said that it was a tough race. She just wanted to attack in the second run and was thrilled that her plan had worked out. With this victory, she now leads Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings and is 135 points ahead of Brignone in the race for the giant slalom Crystal Globe.
The women will be back in action on Sunday at Soldeu with another slalom competition before they head off to their next destination on the calendar.
Overall, it was an impressive performance by Lara Gut-Behrami as she bounced back from a tough start to win the Soldeu giant slalom and cement herself as a dominant force in women’s ski racing this season.