ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND – Lara Gut of Switzerland profited from Lindsey Vonn’s bad luck to win a World Cup downhill on Saturday.
In Vonn’s first start since setting the all-time World Cup wins record this week, her race unraveled when she hit a rut midway down the new Engiadina course while trailing 0.05 seconds behind Gut’s time split.
Vonn was pushed wide into soft snow and lost all speed before finishing more than two seconds back in the final downhill before the Alpine world championships next month at Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado, where she lives.
“It’s disappointing but at the same time I skied well, just that one mistake,” Vonn, who placed 23rd, told AP.
Gut raced down in 1 minute, 43.82 seconds to get the downhill victory here that home fans had wanted since, at age 16, she first made a World Cup impact as a third-place finisher in 2008.
“It’s cool for me to finally find a way back,” said Gut, who likely would have won seven years ago but for crashing and tumbling sideways across the finish line. “Of course, it’s a special feeling here.”
Anna Fenninger of Austria was 0.32 behind Gut, and now has six runnerup finishes and no victories in defense of her overall World Cup title.
By placing third, Romania-born Edit Miklos got a first podium finish for her adopted country of Hungary in 48 years of World Cup racing. She finished 0.58 behind Gut, taking advantage of her No. 2 bib to race down in lighter winds on a clear, sunny day.
Kitzbuehuel, Austria — Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud made up for a disappointing super-G by edging out Italian Dominik Paris to seal victory in Saturday’s severely shortened Kitzbuehel downhill.
The Norwegian laid down a perfect line on the Streif piste on Kitzbuehel’s fabled Hahnenkamm (rooster’s comb) mountain regarded as the toughest on the circuit.
Jansrud clocked 58.16 seconds, 0.21 ahead of Paris with France’s Guillermo Fayed completing the podium, the trio putting down firm markers for next month’s world championships.