Large amounts of overnight snow, bad visibility, and a lowered and twice-delayed start time didn’t put a damper on spirits in Lake Louise on Sunday as Swiss phenom Lara Gut walked away with the win, clocking in a time of 1:02.68 seconds. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather found the podium for the first time this season in second, a slim 0.10 seconds behind Gut, and fiery Italian Sofia Goggia nabbed her second podium of the week in third, 0.59 seconds off the pace.

The morning’s outlook was less than stellar as heavy overnight snowfall forced the Snow Dogs course crew to fire on all cylinders in order to clear the snow before race time. After inspection, organizers determined to lower the start to the Coaches Corner jump and delay the start one hour. After an additional 15 minute delay, racing action finally got underway at 12:15 local time under light snowfall and cloudy skies.

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The fifth racer out of the start, Weirather blasted her way through the falling snow and set the early time to beat. Two racers later, Gut took to the course wearing bib seven and left nothing to chance, holding a slim lead to the finish and crossing the line just one tenth of a second ahead of the Liechtensteinerin. Goggia, wearing bib 10, managed to recover from an early bobble to slide comfortably into third, 0.59 seconds behind Gut.

“It’s cool,” Gut said of her win. “I wasn’t skiing really well at the top, so I understood that I should change something and from the middle on, I tried to keep a really straight line and be aggressive on the skis. I’m happy it paid off. Yesterday and the last days, I had the feeling I was finally starting to build something.”

After a slower start to the season than she had hoped for, Weirather’s first trip to the World Cup podium this season was a much needed confidence boost as the tour heads back to Europe.

LAKE LOUISE, CANADA - DECEMBER 04: Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein takes 2nd place, Lara Gut of Switzerland takes 1st place, Sofia Goggia of Italy takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super-G on December 4, 2016 in Lake Louise, Canada (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom)

“I was pretty angry after yesterday, so I tried to put that anger into skiing today,” she explained. “That helped me for sure and now the confidence is up and I hope to keep it going. Sport is exciting, you never know what happens, but I know what I have to do; keep working hard and one day it will work.”

Sunday marks the third career podium for Goggia, all of them coming this season and each being in a different discipline with a third in the Killington GS, a second in Friday’s downhill, and her third-place finish in Sunday’s super G.

“I’m pretty speechless, actually,” Goggia said. “I’m pretty happy with my results even though I made a little bit of a mistake today in my skiing, but still I made my third podium in a row so it’s like a dream for me.”

Jaqueline Wiles led the way for the American contingent in an impressive career-best 10th place finish from bib 38. Laurenne Ross was close behind in 14th and Breezy Johnson continued her strong start to the World Cup season in 16th from bib 50. Alice McKennis also charged from bib 55 to 20th place. Mikaela Shiffrin and Stacey Cook landed in 34th and 35th place, respectively, as Leanne Smith finished in 47th and Anna Marno found herself in 49th.

“I am so thrilled,” said Wiles. “I had high expectations in the downhill and fell short, so I had no expectations today. I knew that you had to charge it really hard; I think that’s what I do best so I just gave it my all and I’m very, very happy.”

Johnson has enjoyed an impressive string of results in Lake Louise with her finishes reading 11th, 21st, and 16th, each time with a high bib number. The Jackson Hole native is eager to bring this hard-earned momentum over to Europe in the coming weeks.

“I’ve been working hard all summer and it’s really great to see some payoff when the pressure is on and the cards need to be laid,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”

The women’s tour now heads to Sestriere, Italy, for slalom and giant slalom races Dec. 10-11.

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Top 10

  1. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Kajsa Kling (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli/Lange/Marker
  6. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli/Lange/Marker
  7. Corinne Suter (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  8. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  9. Nadia Fanchini (ITA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
  10. Jaqueline Wiles (USA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 7 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:02.68 0.00
 2 5 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:02.78 +0.10 1.72
 3 10 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 1:03.27 +0.59 10.17
 4 15 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:03.38 +0.70 12.06
 5 17 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:03.42 +0.74 12.75
 6 13 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:03.44 +0.76 13.10
 7 12 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:03.52 +0.84 14.47
 8 6 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:03.56 +0.88 15.16
 9 16 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:03.65 +0.97 16.71
 10 38 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:03.69 +1.01 17.40
 11 9 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 1:03.72 +1.04 17.92
 12 24 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:03.76 +1.08 18.61
 13 54 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:03.78 +1.10 18.95
 14 11 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:03.79 +1.11 19.13
 15 48 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT 1:03.83 +1.15 19.81
 16 50 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA 1:03.89 +1.21 20.85
 17 49 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:04.06 +1.38 23.78
 17 1 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:04.06 +1.38 23.78
 19 47 155763LEDECKA Ester1995CZE 1:04.15 +1.47 25.33
 20 55 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:04.17 +1.49 25.67
 21 2 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:04.19 +1.51 26.02
 22 4 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:04.20 +1.52 26.19
 23 43 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 1:04.21 +1.53 26.36
 24 20 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:04.25 +1.57 27.05
 25 45 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:04.28 +1.60 27.57
 26 14 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:04.29 +1.61 27.74
 27 21 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:04.34 +1.66 28.60
 27 3 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:04.34 +1.66 28.60
 29 27 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:04.37 +1.69 29.12
 30 26 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:04.40 +1.72 29.64
 31 51 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA 1:04.43 +1.75 30.15
 32 8 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:04.44 +1.76 30.33
 33 18 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:04.47 +1.79 30.84
 34 31 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:04.52 +1.84 31.70
 35 25 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:04.54 +1.86 32.05
 36 52 206668WEIDLE Kira1996GER 1:04.56 +1.88 32.39
 37 23 56328ORTLIEB Nina1996AUT 1:04.59 +1.91 32.91
 37 22 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:04.59 +1.91 32.91
 39 36 107387CRAWFORD Candace1994CAN 1:04.71 +2.03 34.98
 40 46 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:04.73 +2.05 35.32
 41 19 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:04.88 +2.20 37.91
 42 41 155563KRIZOVA Klara1989CZE 1:05.22 +2.54 43.77
 43 29 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:05.29 +2.61 44.97
 44 39 297195HOFER Anna1988ITA 1:05.44 +2.76 47.56
 45 32 298084AGERER Lisa Magdalena1991ITA 1:05.54 +2.86 49.28
 46 30 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 1:05.58 +2.90 49.97
 47 37 538305SMITH Leanne1987USA 1:05.64 +2.96 51.00
 48 42 197383GAUTHIER Tiffany1993FRA 1:05.66 +2.98 51.35
 49 33 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:05.75 +3.07 52.90
 50 34 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:05.78 +3.10 53.41
 51 56 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:05.92 +3.24 55.83
 52 28 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:06.04 +3.36 57.89
 53 53 107697FLECKENSTEIN Stefanie1997CAN 1:06.48 +3.80 65.48
Did not start 1st run
 44 107532TOMMY Mikaela1995CAN
Did not finish 1st run
 40 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER
 35 299402GASSLITTER Verena1996ITA