Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup is at the last checkpoint before the World Cup Finals, where 2015/2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup season will eventually end. Lenzerheide offers its visitors a Super-G race that was completed on Saturday and an Alpine Combined race on Sunday.
Huetter’s Perfect Day
Cornelia Huetter has been the example of consistency past two seasons in speed disciplines. Ever since her breakthrough she was scoring numerous podiums and Top 5 positions. However, there was still one achievement that was still missing from her results. First win seemed to elude her despite having 15 Top 5 results in World Cup. But today was completely different. With Lindsey Vonn’s injury sidelining her until the next season, Huetter’s chances to finally stand on the highest podium were never more likely. And she seemed to make the use of the opportunity, coming into the finish area with a green light, 0.35 seconds advantage in front of then-leader Tamara Tippler, her teammate. With Huetter starting the last of the “top pack”, the win was almost already guaranteed. With the win Huetter also kept herself in the run for the Super-G globe, but it is unlikely she will be able to reduce the gap between her and Lara Gut, who is 61 points in front.
It was, however, Fabienne Suter, who almost spoiled Huetter’s party. With the bib 24, Suter came into finish area trailing just by 0.10 behind Huetter, pushing Tippler onto the third position and Tina Weirather out of the podium. The 31-year old Swiss veteran has been a bit inconsistent this season, but will already step on the podium for the fourth time this year, second time in Super-G.
Tippler scored her third podium of her career, all achieved in the season. She had her breakthrough in Lake Louise last November, stepping onto her first podium and achieved third place just 14 days earlier in Andorra. And on Saturday, Tippler proved her fantastic form by stepping onto the podium again. She leaped onto the fifth place in the Super-G standings as well, but is too far away to dream about the possible podium finish in the discipline standings as well.
Just 0.07 seconds behind the podium was Weirather, who was able to keep her chances alive for the Super-G globe, but needs a very unlikely outcome in St. Moritz to actually win it. She will be battling mainly with Huetter to medal in the discipline standings.
Fifth position was taken by Gut. Gut now only trails 19 points behind injured Vonn and she’s likely to win the Super-G globe, if she gets into the Top 10 in St. Moritz. With this result she has also managed to take the lead in the Overall World Cup standings and is now 295 points in front of Viktoria Rebensburg, with five races to go. Rebensburg, despite being one of the heavy favorites today, was unable to produce a mistake-free run and ended up in “only” 19th place.
Lenzerheide Super-G Results:
1. Cornelia Huetter (AUT) – 1:14.52
2. Fabienne Suter (SUI) – +0.10
3. Tamara Tippler (AUT) – +0.35
4. Tina Weirather (LIE) – +0.42
5. Lara Gut (SUI) – +0.58
Super-G Standings (7/8):
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) – 420 points
2. Lara Gut (SUI) – 401 points
3. Cornelia Huetter (AUT) – 340 points
4. Tina Weirather (LIE) – 336 points
5. Tamara Tippler (AUT) – 254 points