Lara Gut shrugged off recent off-course troubles to win a women’s World Cup super-G race yesterday for her second career victory.
The 19-year-old Swiss had a near-flawless run on the demanding Kaelberloch course to finish in 1 minute, 12.82 seconds, as she beat defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn by 0.53 seconds.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Gut, who took her maiden win in a super-G in St Moritz, Switzerland in Dec. 2008.
Gut missed the entire Olympic season because of a dislocated hip.
This season, she made the headlines for a quarrel with the Swiss ski federation, which suspended her for two races for publicly criticizing a coach and ignoring -warnings to comply with guidelines on wearing official team clothes.
Vonn was disappointed to see her leading time beaten by the Swiss teenager, but said she was not surprised by Gut’s performance.
Vonn lost speed as she almost fell in a right turn and had both hands in the snow to avoid crashing.
World Cup leader Maria Riesch took sixth and remained on top of the standings. The German has 923 points, followed by Vonn on 827.
Former overall champion Nicole Hosp came close to a stunning victory as she posted the fastest intermediate times, but lost her line at the bottom part to finished fifth.
AP, ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won a World Cup slalom race yesterday to move atop the overall standings.
Kostelic defended a big lead after the morning run and finished in a combined two-leg time of 1 minute, 50.90 seconds.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria was 0.26 seconds back in second.
Austria’s Reinfried Herbst, the defending World Cup slalom champion, trailed Kostelic by 1.29 seconds in third.
Kostelic, the Olympic silver medalist in slalom, got his 13th career World Cup win and 10th in his specialist event.
The 31-year-old Croat now leads the overall and slalom standings.
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