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Swiss Skier Gut-Behrami Speeds To Third Straight Super-G Win

Swiss Skier Gut-Behrami Speeds To Third Straight Super-G Win

Lara GutBehrami won her third straight World Cup superG on Saturday, 10 days before the world championship race in the discipline.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany: Lara Gut-Behrami won her third straight World Cup super-G on Saturday, 10 days before the world championship race in the discipline.

The Swiss skier confirmed her dominance with another clear victory, a week after she won her home race in Crans Montana by 0.93 seconds.

On Saturday, Norways Kajsa Vickhoff Lie trailed by 0.68 in second and Marie-Michele Gagnon came 0.93 behind in third.

The Canadian, wearing bib No. 29, bumped Sofia Goggia off the podium. The Italian, who is on a four-race winning streak in downhill, finished fourth, ahead of Austrias Christine Scheyer and Olympic super-G champion Ester Ledecka.

Gut-Behrami was seven-hundredths of a second behind Lie at the first split but charged down the Kandahar course, sticking to the ideal race line in a clean run.

Gut-Behrami previously won three consecutive World Cup super-G events in the 2016-17 season, when she was the defending overall champion.

She has won silver and bronze in super-G at previous world championships but is lacking a gold medal.

Several racers were sitting out the races in Germany in order to prepare for the worlds in Italy, most notably Mikaela Shiffrin and Michelle Gisin.

Shiffrin, who won the super-G world title in 2019, has not competed in a speed race for over a year. She had a 10-month break from racing in 2020 and only just resumed training in super-G.

Saturdays win was the 29th in Gut-Behramis career and 15th in super-G. Only Lindsey Vonn (28), Renate Gtschl (17) and Katja Seizinger (16) have won more races in the discipline.

The race was initially scheduled as a downhill, but bad weather wiped out both training sessions this week. A downhill race can only take place after the athletes had at least one training run on the course.

Another super-G had already been scheduled for Sunday, the last womens World Cup event before the Feb. 8-21 world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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