Gut-Behrami wins Soldeu giant slalom to leapfrog Shiffrin in standings

Gut-Behrami wins Soldeu giant slalom to leapfrog Shiffrin in standings

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February 10, 2024 at 1:52 PM
Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami
Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami. Photo: Ed JONES / AFP
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In-form Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami ousted injured Mikaela Shiffrin at the top of the overall title standings with victory in the World Cup giant slalom in Soldeu on Saturday.

Gut-Behrami finished only ninth behind Italian Marta Bassino in the first leg, but produced a fast second to claim victory in a combined time of 1min 59.27sec.

The result saw the Swiss racer surge to 1,214 points in the overall standings, five ahead of Shiffrin, who suffered a knee injury in a downhill at Cortina last month and has yet to fix a return date.

New Zealander Alice Robinson finished second at the Andorran ski resort, just one-hundredth of a second behind Gut-Behrami.

American AJ Hurt rounded out the podium at 0.15sec.

Depending on when Shiffrin might make her comeback, Gut-Behrami is well poised for a second overall title, having previously triumphed in 2016. She has also finished second on three occasions, and third once.

The victory was the 32-year-old Swiss skier's 43rd on the circuit, on which the Olympic super-G gold medallist has been an ever-present for 16 seasons.

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