Lara Gut-Behrami won a World Cup giant slalom by a wide margin on Tuesday in Kronplatz, Italy and cut Mikaela Shiffrin’s lead in the overall standings to 95 points with the American injured.
Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson and Olympic champion Sara Hector, tied for second, by 1.09 seconds on the steep Erta course at the Kronplatz resort.
Shiffrin crashed on a descent near Cortina d’Ampezzo on Friday and avoided serious injury after hitting the safety nets at high speed, but he was still banged up and has not raced since. Shiffrin led Gut-Behrami by 420 points before crashing.
Gut-Behrami won a super-G in Cortina on Sunday and increased her advantage at the top of the giant slalom standings after GS victories in Soelden, Austria, and Killington, Vermont, earlier this season.
Other top giant slalom skiers are also injured, including Petra Vlhova (torn right knee ligaments), Canadian Valérie Grenier (left shoulder and knee) and Michelle Gisin (right shin).
Britt Richardson of Canmore, Alta., led the Canadian contingent, placing 18th of 27 in 2:03.51. Cassidy Gray of Invermere, B.C., finished 37th (1:03.81) and did not advance to the second run, while Sarah Bennett (Stoneham, Que.) did not finish the first round and Arianne Forget (Prévost, Que.) was eliminated. disqualified.
With her 42nd career victory, Gut-Behrami joined Anja Pärson in sixth place in the all-time women’s victory rankings. Among the Swiss, only Vreni Schneider has more victories with 55.
Shiffrin holds the record with 95 wins and broke Lindsey Vonn’s previous women’s record of 82 wins with a triumph at Kronplatz last year, then won another GS the next day on the Erta.
This was the first tech race (slalom or giant slalom) that Shiffrin had missed since Lienz, Austria, in December 2021, when she tested positive for the coronavirus.
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