Consistency is the new name of the game for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who popped yet another top-five finish in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals super G Thursday.
“I’ve had a lot of DNFs and a lot of crashes in the past,” said Ross, who finished fifth Thursday and wrapped up the World Cup season with seven top-five results in downhill and super G, including alpine combined. “This year I was really working on finding the fine line between safety and speed, and I feel like I’ve started to really approach that, more on the safer side. I haven’t had any DNFs in downhill or super G this year, so I’m really happy with that.”
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won her second super G of the season on a sun-drenched, grippy track ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut in second and Austria’s Cornelia Huetter in third. However, Gut skied away with the biggest prizes of the day – the overall World Cup title and overall World Cup super G title. Ross finished the season eighth overall in the super G standings, while teammate Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was third overall.
In the men’s super G, Swiss Beat Feuz, Wednesday’s downhill winner, won yet again, this time displacing a pair of Norwegians for the victory – Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Kjetil Jansrud tied for second. However, the younger Kilde displaced the veteran Jansrud for the overall super G title.
American’s Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) struggled with the softer track and peely snow, and did not finish Thursday’s super G.
Up next, the team event takes place Friday. Ross, Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) are scheduled to compete for the U.S. Team.
Photo: Laurenne Ross stays consistent with World Cup super G finals performance (Alexis Bouchard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images vis U.S. Ski Team)