Weirather wins World Cup super-G

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Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won a women’s alpine skiing World Cup super-G at La Thuile on Sunday, edging ahead of the two favourites, Lara Gut and Lindsey Vonn.

It was a first World Cup win of the season for Weirather who set the standard early at 1min 17.73secs and challenged the Swiss and American skiers to go faster.

Vonn went first but trailed Weirather by 00.64secs and immediately afterwards Gut was 00.57secs slower past the finish line.

“It was very different yesterday from today,” explained Weirather, who could only manage 35th place in Saturday’s downhill.

“First of all, I have more troubles this season in downhill than super-G. I think my super-G performances were always much better, so that was that.

“Also, the snow changed a lot and you know, I was really disappointed after yesterday, so I just kind of pushed the reset button and just tried it from new, and I think that worked well.”

The result left Vonn on 1200 points in the World Cup overall standings, just 23 points ahead of Gut, who scored 20 points more than her rival on the day.

Gut won the first of two downhills at La Thuile on Friday, when Vonn fell, with Nadia Fanchini of Italy taking Saturday’s race.

“I just skied a little bit conservatively because of the snow conditions in some sections and I think I was doing pretty well until the second to last jump,” Vonn said.

“I didn’t give myself enough direction and I think I lost some good speed there. But all in all I think it was a really good weekend.

“I fought back from some adversities and didn’t pull myself out of the game mentally so that was a big victory for me.”

The World Cup tour next heads for Stockholm for a City Event on Tuesday and then shifts to Soldeu, Andorra for a super-G and an alpine combined.

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