On the final day of World Cup racing for the 2015-2016 season, feelings of excitement and exhaustion filled the air. It’s been a long season for these athletes, especially those like Switzerland’s Lara Gut who race multiple events in an attempt to win the overall title.

For a good chunk of the season, Gut and Lindsey Vonn battled for the lead in the FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings. That is until Vonn found herself sidelined by a hairline fracture in her left leg, leaving the Gut free to overtake her for a final time. The Swiss skier all but officially won the globe after the races in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, when Viktoria Rebensburg announced that she would race only three of the four races at World Cup finals in St. Moritz. Today, Gut finally held that globe in her hands.

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The giant slalom discipline globe was also awarded today to Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem. Ending up in fourth place in the final GS race, her winning margin in the standings was minuscule – just two points.

“It’s heavy,” she said of the discipline globe, breathless from excitement. “It’s beautiful.”

Behind her in the final discipline rankings was Rebensburg, who won the race in St. Moritz by 0.46 seconds. Second place in the last GS race of the season was Taina Barioz of France, earning her best-ever World Cup finish and her first podium finish since 2009. The podium was rounded out by Gut, who was 0.75 seconds off of Rebensburg.

Leading the North Americans in fifth place was Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, tying her career-best giant slalom performance from back in 2010. 

“I always loved the hill here in St. Moritz,” Gagnon said. “I’ve had my best result in GS ever, so I knew it was a good place for me to do well today.”

The only other athlete representing North American failed to finish the first run. The U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin shredded to more than a half second lead at the first split, but hooked her inside ski on a rut, spinning her into a backwards snow plow and eventual slide down the slope.

“I thought (the track) was really nice actually,” she said. “I mean it’s really warm, so it’s not like rock solid, but the surface is hard, so I loved it. Obviously, I loved it for the gates that I skied it and I loved it when I was sliding down the rest of the course on my butt.”

Shiffrin now heads to U.S. Alpine National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she will compete in the slalom and giant slalom races. Stay tuned to SkiRacing.com for on-site coverage from Sun Valley this week. 


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  2. Barioz, Head/Head/Head
  3. Gut, Head/Head/Head
  4. Brem, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
  5. Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  6. Brignone, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  7. Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Drev, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
  9. Bassino, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Baud Mugnier, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  • Women’s World Cup giant slalom, St. Moritz, March 20, 2016. … It is the 40th and final women’s race of the season, the ninth of nine GSs. … It is the eighth and final race of World Cup finals.
  • It is the 13th career World Cup win for Viktoria Rebensburg. … Her third of the season, all in GS.
  • It is the second World Cup podium finish for Taina Barioz, the other a third-place finish in GS at Lienz Dec. 28, 2009.
  • It is the 33rd World Cup podium for Lara Gut. … Her 13th of the season and second at finals.
  • It is the 15th career top five for Marie-Michele Gagnon and the ninth time she has finished fifth in a World Cup race.
  • Gut wins the World Cup overall title (her first) 1522-1235 over Lindsey Vonn (did not race). … Rebensburg is third overall with 1147pts.
  • In the closest competition of the season, Eva-Maria Brem (fourth in race) edges Rebensburg 592-590 for the GS title (her first). … Lara Gut is third with 472pts.
  • The Austrians win the women’s Nations Cup 4787-4258 over Italy. … Switzerland is third with 4255, the U.S. fourth at 3077pts and Canada eighth with 1382pts.

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 4 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:15.33 1:10.82 2:26.15 0.00
 2 18 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA 1:14.73 1:11.88 2:26.61 +0.46 3.08
 3 3 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:14.87 1:12.03 2:26.90 +0.75 5.03
 4 5 55898BREM Eva-Maria1988AUT 1:14.67 1:12.64 2:27.31 +1.16 7.78
 5 8 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:14.98 1:12.37 2:27.35 +1.20 8.05
 6 6 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:15.10 1:12.54 2:27.64 +1.49 9.99
 7 13 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 1:15.38 1:12.29 2:27.67 +1.52 10.19
 8 7 565268DREV Ana1985SLO 1:15.50 1:12.28 2:27.78 +1.63 10.93
 9 9 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:15.25 1:12.55 2:27.80 +1.65 11.06
 10 23 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA 1:16.15 1:11.85 2:28.00 +1.85 12.41
 11 1 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 1:15.14 1:13.02 2:28.16 +2.01 13.48
 12 12 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 1:15.85 1:12.36 2:28.21 +2.06 13.81
 13 10 505760PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria1986SWE 1:15.93 1:12.32 2:28.25 +2.10 14.08
 13 2 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:15.47 1:12.78 2:28.25 +2.10 14.08
 15 14 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:15.98 1:12.40 2:28.38 +2.23 14.95
 16 15 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:15.57 1:12.82 2:28.39 +2.24 15.02
 17 22 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:15.82 1:12.72 2:28.54 +2.39 16.03
 18 17 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA 1:16.99 1:11.78 2:28.77 +2.62 17.57
 19 24 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:16.87 1:12.39 2:29.26 +3.11 20.85
 20 25 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:16.82 1:12.54 2:29.36 +3.21 21.52
 21 21 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:16.31 1:13.09 2:29.40 +3.25 21.79
 22 26 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:16.87 1:12.70 2:29.57 +3.42 22.93
 23 27 516394SUTER Jasmina1995SUI 1:16.38 1:13.76 2:30.14 +3.99 26.75
 24 20 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 1:17.22 1:13.07 2:30.29 +4.14 27.76
 25 19 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT 1:17.17 1:13.27 2:30.44 +4.29 28.77
Did not finish 1st run
 16 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA
 11 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA