Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami staged an incredible comeback from ninth place on the first run to win the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra on Saturday (10 February). This was her fourth giant slalom victory of the season, putting her at the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.
Gut-Behrami trailed leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run but delivered a remarkable performance in the second run. Her determination paid off as she secured the fastest time, causing early leaders Bassino and Federica Brignone to miss out on the podium.
With a combined time of 1:59.27, Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson by one-hundredth of a second, securing her first-place position. Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt finished third.
Gut-Behrami expressed her joy about the win, acknowledging that it was a tough race and that her plan to attack in the second run had paid off. After leading Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings, she is now 135 points ahead of Brignone in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race. Some of the women are set to compete in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.
Gut-Behrami’s impressive performance is being hailed as one of her best comebacks yet, with many commentators praising her skill and determination on the slopes.
“Lara’s comeback from ninth place on the first run is nothing short of amazing,” said one commentator. “She showed true grit and determination to come back stronger than ever.”
Gut-Behrami’s success has also put pressure on Shiffrin and Brignone to step up their game if they want to keep up with her pace.
“Lara is currently leading both Shiffrin and Brignone in this season’s giant slalom Crystal Globe race,” said another commentator. “If they want to stay competitive, they need to find new ways to improve their skills.”
As Gut-Behrami continues to dominate this season’s giant slalom events, it looks like she will be taking home more trophies before it’s all over.