St. Moritz Super-G Events Preview
The world's fastest Women will gather in St. Moritz (Switzerland) next weekend for the second stop of the speed calendar. Two Super-G races are scheduled to take place in the Upper Engadine Valley on the World Championship course “Engiadina” on Corviglia.
December 11th Super-G/ Ladies, 11:30 am CET
December 12th Super-G/ Ladies, 11:30 am CET
In 2019, last season the races were canceled due to adverse weather conditions (heavy snowfalls), Sofia Goggia returned in St. Moritz to her winning ways with a Super-G victory. Goggia was characteristically aggressive and risky, and the style paid off massively. She bested her teammate Federica Brignone by merely 0.01 seconds. Mikaela Shiffrin joined the Italian duo to complete the podium (+0.13 s.). In a tight race, the top 10 racers were all within one second of each other, and there was a three-way tie for sixth with Nina Ortlieb (AUT), Corinne Suter (SUI), and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (NOR).
On Sunday Sofia Goggia won her fourth World Cup race in the Super-G. Goggia beat Lara Gut-Behrami by 0.11 seconds. Mirjam Puchner, starting with bibe number 29, finished in third place +0.44.
The latest woman to win more than three speed races in a row was Lindsey Vonn in the 2012-2013 season. She recorded a winning run of 4 victories (3 wins in Lake Louise, one in St. Moritz).
Goggia and Federica Brignone are level with Karen Putzer (all 4) for most World Cup super-G wins among Italian women.
Brignone is level with Deborah Compagnoni (both 16) for most World Cup wins among Italian women (all disciplines). Isolde Kostner (15) and Sofia Goggia (14) follow in third and fourth place.
Lara Gut-Behrami first World Cup career win came in the Super-G in St. Moritz on 20 December 2008. She finished in second place in St. Moritz on two occasions (2016 and 2018).
Gut-Behrami's with 16 super-G wins in the World Cup, is level with Katja Seizinger (both 16) in third place on the women's list for most World Cup victories in the Super-G, behind Lindsey Vonn (28) and Renate Götschl (17).
Gut-Behrami finished on the podium in each of the last six World Cup Super-G events. The Swiss claimed four successive wins from the start of 2021 (St. Anton, Crans-Montana, and twice in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), before finishing runner-up to Federica Brignone in Val di Fassa on 28 February and Sofia Goggia last Sunday in Lake Louise.
Coming into St. Moritz, Gut-Behrami with 32 wins is one shy of equalling Hanni Wenzel (33) in ninth place on the women's list for most World Cup wins. Katja Seizinger (36) is in eighth.
Lara Gut-Behrami won gold in the Super-G at the 2021 World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Federica Brignone finished in second place in the Super-G standings in the last two World Cup seasons. She is hoping to become the first Italian woman to win the Super-G crystal globe. Coming into St. Moritz, Brignone was level with Deborah Compagnoni (both 16) for most World Cup wins among Italian women (all disciplines).
Brignone (4) is tied with Sofia Goggia and Karen Putzer on victories achieved on the Super-G in the World Cup among Italian women.
Brignone won her last Super-G World Cup race in Val di Fassa on 28 February. She finished in 5th place in Lake Louise in 2021. Her best result and only podium in St. Moritz was in 2019 when she finished in second place.
Corinne Suter won the Super-G crystal globe in 2019-2020. She finished in third place in the 2020-2021 Super-G World Cup standings.
She has collected six World Cup podiums in the Super-G. Suter's only World Cup win in this discipline came in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February 2020.
She never finished on the podium in St. Moritz. Her best result was 6th place in 2019.
Suter finished in second place in the Super-G at the 2021 World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Mikaela Shiffrin achieved four World Cup wins in the super-G, all in her last eight World Cup participation in this discipline. Her last victory in a World Cup Super-G was in Bansko on 26 January 2020.
In 2018 an unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin followed up her career-first Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super-G win in Lake Louise with a second one less than a week later at St. Moritz.
Shiffrin finished in sixth place in Lake Louise last Sunday.
At the world championships, Shiffrin won gold in Are 2019, and bronze in Cortina 2021 in the super-G.
Tamara Tippler finished on seven World Cup Super-G podiums but never won. In Lake Louise, she finished in fourth place. This is currently the women's record for most podium places without ever winning in this discipline. At the age of 30 years, Tippler can become the oldest Austrian woman to claim her first super-G victory in the World Cup. Nicole Schmidhofer was 29 years old when she claimed her maiden World Cup Super-G win, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 26 January 2019.
Mirjam Puchner, third in the Super-G in Lake Louise, is the last Austrian woman to achieve a World Cup win in St. Moritz, when she won the Downhill on 16 March 2016. The only Austrian woman to win the St. Moritz Super-G in the World Cup is Michaela Dorfmeister (1999 and 2006).
Last season, reigning Olympic Super-G champion Ester Ledecká won the opening World Cup race in the Super-G, in Val d'Isère on 20 December 2020. It is her only podium in the Super-G in the World Cup.