CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland–Picture this: You’re standing at the bottom of a super-G race course. The snow is getting wet beneath your feet and sun is blazing down on your face. You know your goggle tan will be coming in hot by the end of the day.

That’s how conditions were on Saturday for the women’s World Cup super-G in Crans Montana, Switzerland. While the warm weather made a fun day for spectators, it made for soft, spring-like conditions for the athletes. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec was able make the most of bib 5 to take her second career World Cup super-G win with a final time of 1:21.78.

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Italy’s Elena Curtoni was the only athlete able to get within a second of the Slovenian, coming in second place just 0.5 seconds off the pace. Austria’s Stephanie Venier charged to a third-place result, 1.09 seconds away from the win.

Stuhec, who won the super-G portion of Friday’s alpine combined, knew she could ski fast on the slope and in the warm conditions.

“The set was a bit turnier I would say,” she explained. “ The speed was lower, so I guess they tried to make it a bit safer, but there was still some key points where you had to do what you had to do to maintain the speed and to carry it all the way down. I guess I did that pretty well.”

Stuhec is the first Slovenian woman to win multiple World Cup super-G races, and this victory puts her 100 points closer to the super-G title.

Curtoni was also able to ski tactically to earn her best-ever World Cup result. It was made extra special by the fact that her parents were in the audience.

Photo by GEPA pictures/ Mathias Mandl
Photo by GEPA pictures/ Mathias Mandl

“It’s always fun to have family,” she shared. “I mean you can share a good moment with them. I know that even if they are not on the slope, or the finish area, they are always with me.”

While other athletes struggled slightly with the course conditions, Curtoni said she enjoys the warm days.

“Snow is pretty challenging,” the Italian said. “It’s slidy and salty, but I like this kind of snow and these conditions. I always felt good on it, so I’m okay.”

For Venier, she was happy to be back on the podium for the second time in her career.

“I’m happy with the result, but I think my run was not so good,” she confessed. “There were too many mistakes, but I’m happy with the podium today.”

American Mikaela Shiffrin was on the same page as Venier, feeling happy, but also like there is room to improve for Sunday’s alpine combined after her 13th place finish.

Photo by GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter
Photo by GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

“I mean it’s still warm, so it’s a little bit soft, but there was a solid base and surface, so definitely when I went number two, the surface was smooth and it was fine,” Shiffrin said. “And I just didn’t quite handle the peeling snow as well as I could have. I was a bit conservative in sections that I didn’t want to be, but I’m happy to get a run on this hill.”

Shiffrin was the fastest of the eight U.S. Ski Team starters. Alice McKennis, Jacqueline Wiles and Anna Marno finished 32nd, 34th and 37th, respectively. Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook and Breezy Johnson did not finish.

Alpine Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon had a strong day, moving from bib 42 to 12th place. This was her best super-G result since she earned sixth place at St. Moritz in 2013.

In the hunt for the discipline globe, Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather surpassed Switzerland’s Lara Gut with her fourth-place finish. Weirather has 306 points and Stuhec sits less than 20 points behind her with two super-G races left this season.

The women have one more day of racing in Crans Montana, a second alpine combined, before they head to South Korea for the Olympic test event from Feb. 2-5.


Top 10

  1. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli / Lange /Atomic
  2. Elena Curtoni (ITA) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  5. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  6. Kajsa Kling (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  8. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  9. Raghnild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Tiffany Gauthier (FRA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 5 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:21.78 0.00 100.00
 2 11 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:22.28 +0.50 6.60 80.00
 3 3 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:22.87 +1.09 14.39 60.00
 4 7 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:23.04 +1.26 16.64 50.00
 5 19 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:23.13 +1.35 17.83 45.00
 6 1 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:23.14 +1.36 17.96 40.00
 7 16 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:23.17 +1.39 18.36 36.00
 8 9 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:23.53 +1.75 23.11 32.00
 9 6 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:23.54 +1.76 23.24 29.00
 10 38 197383GAUTHIER Tiffany1993FRA 1:23.78 +2.00 26.41 26.00
 11 14 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:23.79 +2.01 26.54 24.00
 12 42 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:23.80 +2.02 26.68 22.00
 13 2 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:23.89 +2.11 27.87 20.00
 14 20 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:24.00 +2.22 29.32 18.00
 15 25 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 1:24.18 +2.40 31.69 16.00
 16 28 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT 1:24.19 +2.41 31.83 15.00
 17 10 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:24.26 +2.48 32.75 14.00
 18 22 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:24.27 +2.49 32.88 13.00
 19 4 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:24.37 +2.59 34.20 12.00
 20 23 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:24.46 +2.68 35.39 11.00
 21 44 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:24.77 +2.99 39.49 10.00
 22 50 516394SUTER Jasmina1995SUI 1:24.82 +3.04 40.15 9.00
 23 41 206355DUERR Lena1991GER 1:24.84 +3.06 40.41 8.00
 24 35 107387CRAWFORD Candace1994CAN 1:24.86 +3.08 40.67 7.00
 25 33 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:24.90 +3.12 41.20 6.00
 26 29 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:25.04 +3.26 43.05 5.00
 27 55 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:25.05 +3.27 43.18 4.00
 27 31 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:25.05 +3.27 43.18 4.00
 29 34 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA 1:25.12 +3.34 44.11 2.00
 30 26 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 1:25.24 +3.46 45.69 1.00
 31 51 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:25.41 +3.63 47.94
 32 59 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:25.78 +4.00 52.82
 33 40 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI 1:25.90 +4.12 54.41
 34 30 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:26.08 +4.30 56.79
 35 54 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO 1:26.09 +4.31 56.92
 36 24 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:26.41 +4.63 61.14
 37 32 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:26.64 +4.86 64.18
 38 46 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA 1:26.88 +5.10 67.35
 39 62 705394KANTOROVA Barbara1992SVK 1:27.41 +5.63 74.35
Did not start 1st run
 48 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 63 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
 61 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON
 60 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL
 58 155699PAULATHOVA Katerina1993CZE
 57 155503KLICNAROVA Pavla1988CZE
 56 385096POPOVIC Leona1997CRO
 53 485749PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra1994RUS
 52 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA
 49 537582COOK Stacey1984USA
 47 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA
 45 56241SCHNEEBERGER Rosina1994AUT
 43 107532TOMMY Mikaela1995CAN
 39 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER
 37 297195HOFER Anna1988ITA
 36 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT
 27 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA
 21 516248FLURY Jasmine1993SUI
 18 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI
 17 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA
 15 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA
 13 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER
 12 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT
 8 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA