Lara Gut-Behrami never ceases to shine on the snow of Cortina d’Ampezzo. During the giant of the World Championships, this Thursday, the 29-year-old Ticino seized a second gold medal after that obtained exactly a week ago in super-G. In the meantime, she had also won bronze in the descent. At the time for her to leave the Dolomites, she personally contributed a third of the beautiful booty of the Swiss delegation (nine medals).
To succeed Sonja Nef, the last Swiss crowned giant in 2001, Lara Gut-Behrami delivered a solid first round which left her in third position but with only 0”02 and 0”08 behind Nina O ‘ Brien and Mikaela Shiffrin. Her second pass allowed her to take the lead, while the two Americans failed to dislodge her. The first made a mistake that relegated her to tenth place and the second, in contact, ended up conceding 0”02 to her rival.
The other Swiss skiers were less happy. Fifth in the first heat, Michelle Gisin fell to eleventh place. Wendy Holdener finished eighth and Corinne Suter, double medalist in speed and whose giant is not the specialty, eighteenth.
A relationship with the world reconsidered
Lara Gut-Behrami, she will remain as one of the most prominent athletes of these World Championships. She will always refuse to see it that way, but it constitutes a form of revenge for a young woman propelled very young on the front of the scene who had until this year failed to surpass the two silver medals won in 2009 in Val d’Isère, when she was 17 years old.
His career has been marked by many successes (thirty World Cup victories and the big crystal globe in 2016 in particular) but also by failures and injuries. The most serious, in 2017, led her to reconsider her relationship with the world, the media and especially skiing. Since then, she has categorically refused to mention goals in terms of results, confining herself to repeating that she is just committed to doing things the way she knows how to do them on the track.
Last Thursday, winner of her first title of world champion, she had unsettled some sports fans by suggesting that there was more to life than winning races. By offering a second, she brings a new demonstration of the fact that she is not disinterested in the competition but that she simply approaches it in a different way. Difficult for the outside world to understand, perhaps. But devilishly effective for her.