Swiss skier Lara Gut wins World Cup opening GS

Swiss skier Lara Gut wins World Cup opening GS

Switzerland’s Lara Gut had a perfect start to the 2013/14 FIS Alpine World Cup season on the Rettenbach Glacier claiming the top spot on the podium after beating the field by a 0,84 margin. It was near-perfect conditions on the glacier for the race with blue skies and a firm slope after a good overnight freeze.

It was the first giant slalom win for the 22-year-old Swiss and the first-ever podium for her at the season-opening Sölden race. Gut laid down the best time in the first run with 0,77 advantage. In the second run, Gut built on her lead an ultimately finished ahead of Austria’s Katherin Zettel by 0,84 seconds. Finishing in third place was Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg 1.28 seconds off the winning pace.

While second-place likely wasn’t Zettel’s dream finish, there was a silver lining to the day for the Austrian. She now holds the record for most podium finishes in Sölden, with five. It was also her 20th total career World Cup podium in the giant slalom.

Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg did not finished a year ago and took revenge today. He claimed the 3rd podition was a really good result.

All eyes were on Tina Maze before the race. The Slovenian star holds the record at Sölden with three World Cup giant slalom victories, but she was off her usual form, finishing more than two second off the pace in the first run and sinking even further in the standings in the second run and ending the day in 18th place.

Four-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn skipped the race and plans to start her season next month after recovering from knee surgery.

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