Shiffrin finishes third in St. Moritz World Cup super-G |

Shiffrin finishes third in St. Moritz World Cup super-G

Gut-Behrami edges Goggia for the win, while Shiffrin retains her overall lead

Graham Dunbar
The Associated Press
Mikaela Shiffrin smiles before the podium ceremony following Saturday’s women's World Cup super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Pier Marco Tacca/AP

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — It was Lara Gut-Behrami’s turn to edge Sofia Goggia for victory in a World Cup super-G race on Saturday, reversing the result of their duel in Canada last weekend.

Gut-Behrami raced down the typically tricky St. Moritz terrain 0.18 seconds faster than Goggia through lightly falling snow on a cold, still morning with a finish-area temperature about minus-7 Celsius (20 F).

Asked about their budding rivalry, Gut-Behrami noted it was “good for the sport, people like these stories,” though it was not an extra motivation for her.

“At the start I don’t think I’m racing against an opponent or fighting against someone. You mustn’t forget the other girls,” she told Swiss broadcaster RTS, singling out Mikaela Shiffrin, her fellow former World Cup overall champion.

Shiffrin was exactly one second farther back of Goggia in third to complete a high-class podium and retain her lead in the overall World Cup standings.

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It was just Shiffrin’s second World Cup super-G in almost two years after taking a break from speed disciplines on the season-long circuit. She had placed sixth last Sunday at Lake Louise, Alberta when Goggia had beaten Gut-Behrami by 0.11.

“They’re at such a high level,” Shiffrin said of the 1-2 finishers, who on a cloudy day mastered a racing surface “like a rollercoaster. In between every single turn there’s also little ripples and rollers and you can’t see those at all.

“I have the potential to be competitive. I don’t really trust myself enough to be the most aggressive on this hill,” the American star said.

Gut-Behrami’s very aggressive racing on one of her home Swiss hills earned a 33rd career World Cup win at the same place as her first. Her debut victory in December 2008 was a super-G on the Corviglia course as a precociously talented 17-year-old.

She noted feeling drained by the effects of a cold in Canada, adding it was nice to come back to Europe: “Today I felt very good.”

The 30-year-old Swiss racer has now won or been second in all eight super-Gs so far in 2021, including taking gold at the world championships in February. Shiffrin was also third that day.

Shiffrin, who has wins in slalom and giant slalom this season, earned 60 World Cup points for her third place and leads by 70 over Goggia, who rose to second above Petra Vlhova.

Vlhova, the defending overall champion, is skipping the weekend meeting at St. Moritz which includes another super-G on Sunday.

Johnson places fourth in Idre Fjall World Cup moguls

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Tess Johnson narrowly missed the podium at the Idre Fjall World Cup individual mogul event Saturday morning, scoring 82.25 points. Japan’s Anri Kawamura (85.99), France’s Perrine Laffont (84.63), and Australia’s Jakara Anthony (84.55) finished first, second, and third, respectively.

Kai Owens, another SSCV athlete, finished in 10th with 78.44 points. Overall, the #powHERhouse American women’s team performed well, putting four girls in the top 10. Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar finished 7th and 8th, respectively.

The Idre Fjall World Cup is the second of six designated Olympic tryout events for the U.S. team. The Dec. 16 Alp d’Huez World Cup mogul event next week is the final tryout in the 2021 calendar year.

Radamus’s fast second run propels him into 13th in Val d’Isere giant slalom

Edwards native River Radamus was sitting in 23rd after the first run of the Val d’Isere World Cup giant slalom. His second run along the 48-gate course which drops 450 meters was the third fastest in the field, which enabled him to finish the day in 13th place. It was his work in the third and final intervals which propelled him to a the 1:04.96 mark, which was just 0.66 seconds behind Switzerland’s Thomas Tumler’s top mark.

Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt won the day, his two runs outdistancing second place Alexis Pinturault by 0.59 seconds and Austria’s Manuel Feller by 1.24 seconds. Radamus was the only American who qualified for the second run. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail alumna Bridger Gile was 2.48 seconds out of qualifying for a second run (top 30). He finished ranked 53rd.

Odermatt won the first giant slalom of the season in Soelden Oct. 24 as well. He and Pinturault are 1-2 at the top of the giant slalom season rankings. Radamus, who placed sixth in Soelden, is now tied for ninth with Norway’s Lucas Braathen. Odermatt was the runner-up in the discipline’s rankings in 2021.

The Val d’Isere World Cup continues with a slalom on Sunday. former SSCV and University of Denver athlete Alex Leever will make his World Cup season debut when he pops out of the gate at 1:30 a.m. MST.

Leever’s first ever World Cup came in Flachau last January. The weekend after that event, he finished 24th in Schladming, crashing through the finish in a memorable fashion. The top-30 finish earned him a spot on the World Championship team

Leever told Ski Racing Media Dec. 10 that in order to make the jump to the next level, he needs to be more consistent. “I realized that the best guys aren’t doing anything crazy special or different, and that really invigorated me and made me want to continue chasing this dream,” he said.

“I don’t think there are these massive leaps and bounds I need to take to bring my skiing to the next level.”

Leever was not surprised to be left off of the U.S. Ski team for 2021-22. U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Jesse Hunt did inform the 26-year old that he would have a World Cup start in slalom for the first two-thirds of the year.

“Jesse said I would have a World Cup start in slalom for the first two-thirds of the year, essentially until the Olympics they would guarantee me a spot,” Leever told Ski Racing Media. “It’s awesome. I have a great program going on now. Peter (Lange) has been my coach for years, and it makes it a lot easier to plan and take some anxiety off.”

Leever’s start in Val d’Isere is the first of seven guaranteed World Cup starts.

The event is available to stream on Peacock, with the first run at 1:30 a.m. MST and the second at 5 a.m.

This article contains original reporting from Ryan Sederquist, Vail Daily.

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