The light turned green when Lara Gut-Behrami passed and never again. This Thursday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Ticino became super-G world champion without ever being worried. The victory could have been won at three times nothing if the American Mikaela Shiffrin, defending champion, had not made a big mistake at the bottom of the course and finally finished third at 0”47. Between the two slipped the Schwyzoise Corinne Suter, 0”34 from the title.
The Worlds could not have started better for the Swiss delegation, which saw two of its members sign an unprecedented double in super-G since that of Maria Walliser and Michela Figini in 1987. The discipline had then been integrated into the program of the great Appointment.
But history will especially remember the first gold medal of Lara Gut-Behrami’s career. The 29-year-old skier has already won her share of crystal globes (one large in 2016, two small in super-G in 2014 and 2016), World Cup victories (30) and even medals at major events. There was bronze in the downhill at the Sochi Olympics. Three times the silver and twice the bronze at the Worlds. But he lacked gold on his record.
A destiny that comes true
After her injury during the alpine combined at the St. Moritz World Championships, and then in the difficult return to the highest level that followed, it was questionable whether she would one day get the most precious metal in a big event. . But with the approach of the meeting which is held this year in the Dolomites, it is gradually increasing in power. Especially in super-G, a discipline in which she has won the last four World Cup events.
Interview with Lara Gut in 2017:
This race was for her, everyone knew it, and she was not taken aback by any of the twists and turns of the week. A program turned upside down by the weather conditions in Cortina d’Ampezzo. A funny rebound in the controversy between her and the organizers of the Crans-Montana races (cameras filmed her saying not very tender words on the phone). And of course: everyone’s expectations and the pressure she must have put on herself.
His passage was limpid, clean, fast, without big mistakes. On a magnificent piste, bathed in generous sunshine, in a picture postcard landscape, in just under a minute 30, she achieved the destiny to which all alpine skiing enthusiasts had promised her since her two silver medals at the Worlds in Val d’Isère in 2009. She was then 17 years old. Twelve years later, she is world champion.