Lara Gut-Behrami is the New Super-G Queen
The Cortina World Championships start well for Switzerland, with a double score in the women's super-G, the first race of the championships after a three-day delay due to poor weather conditions.
Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami took Gold on the Women's Super-G during the first day of racing at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. With a time of 1:25.51 running with bib 7, she swooped in to beat teammate Corinne Suter by 0.34 seconds and Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.47 seconds, who ended up in second and third place, respectively.
Before today Lara Gut-Behrami had won a silver (Schladming 2013) and bronze medal (St. Moritz 2017) in the Women's Super-G at the world championships. With three Super-G world medals, Gut-Behrami equaled Isolde Kostner, Lindsey Vonn, and Julia Mancuso for the record of medals in the event.
“In the past, I always wanted to win the gold and it never happened, but today it was the first time that I knew that my life wouldn't change if I would win or not, (...) I didn’t ski to win the gold medal but to show what I can, and this was a big difference if I compare this year and the previous editions (..) I also finally know how much I’m worth and it’s not that if you win a gold medal your career is worth something and if you’re not winning you’re not worth anything", Gut-Behrami said.
Corinne Suter was bronze in this event in Åre in 2019.
It is the second time that Switzerland takes the top two spots in the women's super-G world championships; in 1987, in Crans Montana, Maria Walliser won ahead of Michela Figini.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold two years ago in Åre, made a mistake in the final stretch of the Olympia delle Tofane and lost precious tenths. Shiffrin, who during the first part of the season focused only on technical disciplines, returned to training speed in order to participate in the super-G world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.