Andorra’s Soldeu giant slalom on Saturday (10 February) saw Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami make a remarkable comeback from ninth place on the first run to claim victory. This was her fourth giant slalom win of the season, putting her ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and at the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.
Gut-Behrami initially trailed leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run, but delivered an outstanding 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 first place. Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt finished third.
Gut-Behrami expressed her happiness about the win, acknowledging the tough race and her plan to attack in the second run. 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.
The Swiss skier made history by becoming only the third woman to win four giant slalom races in one season since Anna Gasser did so in 2016. Gut-Behrami also moved into second place in the overall World Cup standings behind Shiffrin.
Despite missing out on a podium finish, Bassino praised Gut-Behrami’s performance and said she was impressed with how well she came back from being ninth after the first run.
“Lara is an incredible skier,” Bassino said after finishing seventh. “She really put together two amazing runs to come back from being ninth and win this race.”