Sunday’s World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, was no cake walk. Nearly half the women’s field did not finish due to challenges with the technical set as well as an icy track and low light on the course. These realities did not hinder Lara Gut, who won the race with a final time of 1:17.92. The Swiss star was 0.67 seconds ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier in second and 0.86 seconds ahead of Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather in third.

Coming into the finish area, Gut shook her head, an indication that she did not feel her run was good enough to hold onto the lead.

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“Our coaches set the super-G, and it was, for sure, more difficult than usually,” Gut said. “Lake Louise was really an easy super-G and in Val d’Isere, we had a lot of space between the gates, and here it was again more technical. I had to ski with my head, and I wasn’t so clean on my lines and not even on the ski. I had the feeling where it was turny in the middle part that I should have skied more on my skis and not just a passenger of my skis, so I wasn’t really satisfied about that.”

Gut handled her mistakes best on the day. With this victory, Gut becomes one of only four women ever to win the first three super-Gs of the season and marks her 11th World Cup super-G win. She currently leads the super-G standings with 300 points while Weirather sits in second with 220 points. This win is also crucial in Gut’s efforts to close the gap between her and the U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings. Gut now has 873 points, 135 points behind the American.

Weirather has also shown consistency in super-G this season, landing on the podium in every race so far.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,22.JAN.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, Super G, ladies. Image shows Stephanie Venier (AUT), Lara Gut (SUI) and Tina Weirather (LIE). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christopher Kelemen“Today, I really didn’t feel like it was going to be a good result when I crossed the finish line, but I think it’s just my super-G skiing is by far my best discipline right now, so I don’t need to have a perfect run to be further ahead than in downhill, for example, where I ski great and sometimes I end up 10th or something,” she said.

Between the two veterans was Venier, making her debut on the World Cup podium. The 23-year-old skier’s best result until Sunday was sixth place in Val d’Isere, France, this December.

“Everything is special,” she shared. “I’m on the podium, and it’s great, and it’s feeling so good, and I’m so happy.”

The Austrian continued to say that she knew she had the skills to make the podium even though she was a bit surprised with her result, and her next goal is to take the win.

Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday’s downhill, led for the Americans, landing in ninth place in her return to super-G.

“I mean I think it’s a good first step,” she said. “You know like in the downhill in Zauchensee, it took me one race to really get into it, so I think today was positive. I didn’t ski my best. I had some trouble with the ice, but I will train some more before Cortina. I love Cortina, so I’m really looking forward to next week.”

The U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross finished in 15th place. Breezy Johnson, Anna Marno and Jacqueline Wiles all managed to grab top 30 results, finishing in 27th, 28th and 30th, respectively. Alice Merryweather ended the day in 32nd position while Alice McKennis, Leanne Smith and Stacey Cook did not finish.

The women head to Kronplatz, Italy for giant slalom on Jan. 24 followed by speed races in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy on Jan. 28-29.


Top 10

  1. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  5. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  6. Elena Curtoni (ITA) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  8. Kajsa Kling (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Lindsey Vonn (USA) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 7 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:17.92 0.00 100.00
 2 2 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:18.59 +0.67 9.29 80.00
 3 9 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:18.78 +0.86 11.92 60.00
 4 18 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:18.99 +1.07 14.83 50.00
 5 14 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:19.00 +1.08 14.97 45.00
 6 16 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:19.17 +1.25 17.33 40.00
 7 11 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:19.36 +1.44 19.96 36.00
 8 1 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:19.48 +1.56 21.62 32.00
 9 13 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA 1:19.57 +1.65 22.87 29.00
 10 36 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 1:19.67 +1.75 24.26 26.00
 10 12 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:19.67 +1.75 24.26 26.00
 12 10 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:19.73 +1.81 25.09 22.00
 13 22 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT 1:19.80 +1.88 26.06 20.00
 14 6 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:19.87 +1.95 27.03 18.00
 15 3 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:19.95 +2.03 28.14 16.00
 16 19 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:20.12 +2.20 30.49 15.00
 17 50 206668WEIDLE Kira1996GER 1:20.18 +2.26 31.32 14.00
 18 44 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 1:20.47 +2.55 35.34 13.00
 19 46 155763LEDECKA Ester1995CZE 1:20.49 +2.57 35.62 12.00
 20 27 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:20.54 +2.62 36.31 11.00
 21 20 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:20.70 +2.78 38.53 10.00
 22 17 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:20.74 +2.82 39.09 9.00
 23 23 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:20.78 +2.86 39.64 8.00
 24 26 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:20.86 +2.94 40.75 7.00
 25 24 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:21.10 +3.18 44.08 6.00
 26 34 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:21.15 +3.23 44.77 5.00
 27 48 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA 1:21.18 +3.26 45.18 4.00
 28 32 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:21.59 +3.67 50.87 3.00
 29 25 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:21.69 +3.77 52.25 2.00
 30 39 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:21.83 +3.91 54.19 1.00
 31 58 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL 1:21.85 +3.93 54.47
 32 51 6535600MERRYWEATHER Alice1996USA 1:21.93 +4.01 55.58
 33 30 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:21.99 +4.07 56.41
 34 54 206759HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin1998GER 1:22.16 +4.24 58.77
 35 47 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA 1:22.35 +4.43 61.40
Did not start 1st run
 43 426257LIE Kajsa Vickhoff1998NOR
 41 197383GAUTHIER Tiffany1993FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 60 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
 59 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON
 57 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA
 56 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA
 55 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO
 53 206652PFISTER Meike1996GER
 52 485749PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra1994RUS
 49 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA
 45 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER
 42 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER
 40 297195HOFER Anna1988ITA
 38 538305SMITH Leanne1987USA
 37 196812PELLISSIER Marion1988FRA
 35 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA
 33 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI
 31 516248FLURY Jasmine1993SUI
 29 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT
 28 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR
 21 537582COOK Stacey1984USA
 15 55947VEITH Anna1989AUT
 8 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT
 5 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER
 4 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA