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‘Gut Check:’ Swiss Standout Wins Super G at Beaver Creek; Two In A Row

Swiss racer Lara GutLara Gut, the Swiss racer who won Friday’s World Cup downhill on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, Colo., repeated the effort in Saturday’s super G in a time of one minute 18.42. The American ladies were back in the pack again with Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Julie Mancuso 23rd, 28th and 29th respectively.

Gut has now won three of the first four Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races to start the season’s run up to the Sochi Olympics. American Lindsey Vonn, recovering from injury, did not compete.

Austrian racers filled up the rest of the podium at the Colorado resort that will host the World Alpine Skiing Championships in 2015. Anna Fenninger was second in 1:19.34, while Nicole Hosp was third in 1:19.53. By contrast, Smith’s time was 1:21.14.

Smith said the snow was “really responsive and grippy. It’s a good course; just one that I think I very much overskied… It’s a long season so you can’t get too bent out of shape in the first race series.” The Colorado weather was ideal and thousands of spectators were on hand to watch.

The spotlight now shifts to Sunday’s Giant Slalom as slalom World Champion Michaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, reaches for her first Giant Slalom podium. She trained on the Raptor course last spring. NBC will televise the GS at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Meanwhile, at Lake Louise, Canada where the women (and possibly Lindsey Vonn) will race next weekend, World Cup men tackled the downhill. Italian Dominik Paris won it in a time of 1:49.90 with Austrian Klaus Kroll second and France’s Adrian Theaux third.

Top American at the Alberta resort was Bode Miller, starting his comeback with a 16th place finish. Other American finishers were Steve Nyman, 19th; Travis Ganong, 24th; Erik Fisher, 26th; and Marco Sullivan, 38th.

Photo: Lara Gut wins second race at Beaver Creek (@laragut)
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