Lara Gut-Behrami is On Fire and Wins First Downhill in Val di Fassa
Lara Gut-Behrami picked up right where she left off after the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The triple-medal winner in Cortina, -she won the world titles in the Super-G and Giant slalom and the bronze medal in the Downhill-, also won the first race after the World Champs, at the Audi FIS World Cup in Val di Fassa.
Since the start of the New Year, Gut-Behrami has been virtually untouchable. She has made the podium in all of the last six World Cup races and earned the victory four times during the streak.
But today’s victory did not come easily for the Swiss star, she earned the victory a mere 0.02 seconds ahead of Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer. Coming in third place was Gut’s teammate and downhill gold medalist from Cortina, Corinne Suter 0.26 seconds off the pace.
She has won the most Downhill races in the World Cup among active female skiers. She is the 10th woman to win 10 downhills in the World Cup.
With today’s win, Gut-Behrami took over the lead in the overall World Cup standings, now holding a 29-point lead over Petra Vlhova, whose ninth-place finish today wasn’t enough to keep her in the lead.
"I'm pleased that all of the work I've done is being reflected in my results. Times have not always been easy over the last few years but I worked together with my father and my team to re-arrange things", said Gut-Behrami.
Today's second place is the best result of this season for Ramona Siebenhofer who finished fifth in the downhill at the world championships in Cortina.
Italian soil is the perfect playground for Ramona Siebenhofer who has won two downhill races in the World Cup here, as she emerged victorious in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 18 and 19 January 2019. Those are her only World Cup wins.
Corinne Suter has claimed nine World Cup podiums in the Downhill, all in her last 16 appearances in this discipline.
Corinne Suter won the Women's Downhill world title in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 13 February. She became the first Swiss woman to achieve this since Maria Walliser in 1989.
She closes in on injured Sofia Goggia in the Downhill rankings (330 points versus 480) with two Downhills to race.
"I don't look at the standings at the moment, (...) I want to ski fast. This is what counts for me", said Suter.