After three weeks of World Cup racing at Val d’Isere, competition came to a close with the ladies’ super-G on the legendary O.K. slope. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and cooperating weather, conditions held up race after race and Sunday’s competition was no exception.

Under a cloudless blue sky, Switzerland’s Lara Gut finally found her groove on the French hill, winning the race with a final time of 1:23.24. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather was close behind her, 0.13 seconds off the pace–nearly the same margin as in Lake Louise earlier this month. In third place was an Italian, but perhaps not the one you were expecting. Elena Curtoni earned her second career World Cup podium, coming through the finish line 1.21 seconds off of Gut’s time.

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The course threw more than a few athletes off the track, boasting a lot of terrain and a non-rhythmical set. Gut stayed strong through all the rhythm changes. Starting bib seven, she blew the socks off of the fans when she took the lead by over a second. Up at the start before her run, she said she realized what a great team she has supporting her and that made all the difference.

“They brought me to the start and I said, ‘I’m not going to think about what could be better. I’m just going to show what I have,’” Gut explained of her focus in the start gate. “I tried just to go with what I have and it’s enough.”

The win gives Gut a 100-point boost in the overall rankings, putting her just five points behind the U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin, who currently leads.

When Weirather came down two athletes after Gut, it seemed like she might earn her first super-G win at the venue as she lead in the early splits. Alas, she would be challenged by the bottom half of the course and finish just behind the leader.

“Today was totally different than Lake Louise, just course-wise,” Weirather said. “It was the same distances between the gates, but it was way less rhythm in it, so there were a couple straight gates and then a really cranking turn, which made it really difficult, but the result is still the same. I’m still behind Lara really tight, so it’s cool that we have such close battles all the time, but I wish I could beat her sometimes.”

For Curtoni, it has been a tough start to the season. Until Sunday, she had not broken into the top 15 in any discipline. But she knew she had it in her to land on the podium thanks to her second-place finish in the downhill at St. Moritz last spring.

CURTONI Elena
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“It feels great. What’s better than this? A win maybe?” she said. “I’m really happy. I was in a low moment. It was a tough start of the season for me, and I put my heart in the slope, so it turned out pretty good.”

The Italian continued to say that she enjoyed the course because of the sections that required tactful skiing, and she felt like she could push in these conditions. Her teammate, Sofia Goggia, who has been on a podium streak, did not finish the race.

The top American for the day was Laurenne Ross, finishing in 18th place. She was still recovering from the illness that prevented her from competing in Saturday’s downhill. Stacey Cook and Breezy Johnson finished the day in 29th and 30th, respectively. Alice McKennis, Anna Marno, Leanne Smith and Jacqueline Wiles did not finish. Valerie Grenier was the only Canadian to finish, earning 24th place, while Marie-Michele Gagnon did not finish.

The women now head to Courchevel, France for a giant slalom race on Tuesday before taking some time off for Christmas.


Top 10

  1. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Elena Curtoni (ITA) – Head / Head / Head
  4. Nadia Fanchini (ITA) – Dynastar / Lange / Look
  5. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  6. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli / Lange / Marker
  8. Joana Haehlen (SUI) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  9. Francesca Marsaglia (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  10. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 7 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:23.24 0.00
 2 9 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:23.37 +0.13 1.69
 3 12 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:24.45 +1.21 15.70
 4 1 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:24.48 +1.24 16.09
 5 16 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:24.56 +1.32 17.13
 6 8 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:24.96 +1.72 22.32
 7 17 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:24.99 +1.75 22.71
 8 25 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:25.04 +1.80 23.35
 9 10 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:25.14 +1.90 24.65
 10 2 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:25.17 +1.93 25.04
 11 33 516248FLURY Jasmine1993SUI 1:25.22 +1.98 25.69
 12 46 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:25.25 +2.01 26.08
 13 4 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:25.44 +2.20 28.54
 14 53 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:25.45 +2.21 28.67
 15 45 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT 1:25.52 +2.28 29.58
 15 26 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:25.52 +2.28 29.58
 17 19 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:25.55 +2.31 29.97
 18 15 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:25.64 +2.40 31.14
 19 18 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:25.66 +2.42 31.40
 20 11 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:25.68 +2.44 31.66
 21 14 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:25.96 +2.72 35.29
 22 39 197383GAUTHIER Tiffany1993FRA 1:25.97 +2.73 35.42
 23 41 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 1:26.08 +2.84 36.85
 24 42 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:26.10 +2.86 37.11
 25 6 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:26.12 +2.88 37.37
 26 24 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:26.20 +2.96 38.40
 27 28 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:26.35 +3.11 40.35
 28 21 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:26.40 +3.16 41.00
 29 23 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:26.43 +3.19 41.39
 30 47 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA 1:26.46 +3.22 41.78
 31 3 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:26.60 +3.36 43.59
 32 49 206668WEIDLE Kira1996GER 1:26.74 +3.50 45.41
 33 31 56328ORTLIEB Nina1996AUT 1:26.86 +3.62 46.97
 34 22 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:27.08 +3.84 49.82
 35 32 298084AGERER Lisa Magdalena1991ITA 1:27.23 +3.99 51.77
 36 56 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:27.32 +4.08 52.94
 37 43 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:27.54 +4.30 55.79
 38 35 196812PELLISSIER Marion1988FRA 1:27.65 +4.41 57.22
 39 27 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:27.97 +4.73 61.37
Did not start 1st run
 57 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
Did not finish 1st run
 55 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL
 54 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA
 52 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO
 51 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI
 50 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO
 48 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA
 44 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT
 40 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN
 38 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER
 37 297195HOFER Anna1988ITA
 36 538305SMITH Leanne1987USA
 34 539457MARNO Anna1992USA
 30 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA
 29 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA
 20 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA
 13 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER
 5 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT