Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami made a remarkable comeback from ninth place on the first run to secure victory in the Soldeu giant slalom in Andorra on Saturday (10 February). This was her fourth giant slalom win of the season, and she surpassed Mikaela Shiffrin to move to the top of the overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings.
Initially trailing leader Marta Bassino by 0.61 seconds after the first run, Gut-Behrami delivered an outstanding performance in the second run. Her determination resulted in her securing the fastest time, causing early leaders Bassino and Federica Brignone to miss out on the podium.
With a combined time of 1:59.27, Gut-Behrami beat New Zealand’s Alice Robinson by one-hundredth of a second, securing the first-place position. Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt finished third.
Gut-Behrami expressed her happiness about the win, acknowledging the tough race and her plan to attack in the second run. After leading Shiffrin by five points in the overall standings, she is now 135 points ahead of Brignone in the giant slalom Crystal Globe race. Some of the women are set to compete in the Soldeu slalom on Sunday.