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After reaching the finish line, Lara Gut-Behrami was still a bit skeptical, but a short time later her World Cup victory was certain. © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEK

The duel for crystal continues

Nothing has been decided yet in the women's Super-G World Cup! Not even after Saturday's race in Kvitfjell, which Lara Gut-Behrami won. But her worst competitor for the crystal ball cannot be shaken off.

Federica Brignone (ITA) had to lose a few feathers on Saturday in Kvitfjell and probably only has a theoretical chance in the fight for the small crystal ball. The threesome has now become a duel. But this remains very exciting, because Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI) and Cornelia Hütter (AUT) were also at the front on race day.

Gut-Behrami started the race with start number 8 and was able to lead the way. The Swiss is leading the Super-G World Cup, but Hütter is hot on her heels. Before Saturday's race in Norway, the Swiss was only 5 points ahead. Now there are 25, because Gut-Behrami won the race. Hütter, who left the starting house shortly after Gut-Behrami, raced up to second place. In the end, the Austrian was 2 hundredths short. On the other hand, she was only a hundredth faster than her teammate Mirjam Puchner (12rd), who was in a class of her own, especially in the gliding section. She already has a chance for revenge on Sunday (3 a.m.) when there is the next Super-G.

Brignone mourns the lost hundredths

Brignone (6th), on the other hand, dropped a few points. The chances of winning crystal in the Super-G have decreased, but mathematically they are still there. The Lombard woman was the best Italian on Saturday (it was a catch-up race for the canceled Fiemme Valley World Cup). Marta Bassino & Co. all missed the top 10.

For Federica Brignone, the chance of the Super-G World Cup is probably over. © ANSA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA

“It was a very close race today, unfortunately I was the slowest of the top runners,” Brignone told the winter sports association FISI in an initial statement after the race. “Something was missing in the upper flat part if you compare it with the Austrians or Lara Gut-Behrami. And I didn't succeed in the final part," said Azzurra, who paid her respects to Gut-Behrami: "She is a great racer and she showed that again with the victory today."

Runggaldier with the best Super-G result

Teresa Runggaldier, who has generally been in good shape in the last few months (including 11th place in Crans Montana), put in a really strong performance. In Kvitfjell, Runggaldier (13th) has now achieved the best Super-G result of her World Cup career. This meant that the South Tyrolean was faster than, among others, Marta Bassino (15th) or the New Zealander Alice Robertson (14th). A really strong exclamation mark from the woman from Val Gardena, who was also the best South Tyrolean.

There were also points for Nicol Delago (26th) and Sara Thaler (30th), while Nadia Delago did not finish.


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