Lara Gut-Behrami Extends Winning Streak with Giant Slalom Victory in Killington



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Lara Gut-Behrami Extends Winning Streak with Giant Slalom Victory in Killington
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Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami extended her winning streak in the giant slalom discipline, securing her second victory of the season at the World Cup event in Killington, USA. With a commanding performance, Gut-Behrami clocked a total time of 1:53.05 minutes, leaving her rivals trailing in her wake.

New Zealander Alice Robinson mounted a valiant challenge, finishing just 0.62 seconds behind Gut-Behrami to claim second place. American Mikaela Shiffrin, the reigning giant slalom champion, completed the podium, settling for third position 0.81 seconds behind the winner.

Gut-Behrami's triumph further solidified her position at the top of the giant slalom standings. With 200 points accumulated, she holds a commanding lead over Italian Federica Brignone (120 points) and Robinson (109 points).

The overall World Cup standings also reflect Gut-Behrami's impressive form. She currently occupies second place with 200 points, trailing Shiffrin who leads with 250 points. Sweden's Sara Hektor rounds out the top three with 195 points.

As the World Cup continues in Killington, slalom takes center stage on Sunday. Racers will be eager to showcase their skills in this demanding discipline, hoping to challenge for podium positions.

FIS Announces Calendar Changes

In a significant shift, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced the postponement of the giant slalom race for skiers, initially scheduled for late October in Zelden, Austria.

The race has been moved to March and will now be held in Aspen, USA. The revised schedule includes a giant slalom race on March 1, followed by another giant slalom on March 2, and a slalom competition on March 3. This concentrated series of races in Aspen will provide ample opportunities for skiers to demonstrate their prowess in the giant slalom and slalom disciplines.

The decision to postpone the Zelden race follows the cancellation of the giant slalom and downhill races in Cervino due to unfavorable weather conditions. These cancellations impacted the start of the World Cup season, but the FIS's swift adaptation to the circumstances has ensured a smooth continuation of the competitive calendar.