A warm and sunny day in St-Moritz would end in style the Alpine Skiing World Cup today. The ladies closed their season with a Giant Slalom. Before this GS, only 52 points separated Eva-Maria Brem and Viktoria Rebensburg on the top of the specialty classement.
Eva-Maria Brem signed the reference time of the first run in 1:14.67. The young lady looked pretty nervous on the top section of the track, being 0.60 seconds behind Lara Gut in the first intermediate. Indeed, the young woman is in a pretty stressful situation as she was racing for the GS Crystal Globe in St-Moritz. Brem improved and skied better on the medium part, looking more aggressive. She finished the round in style taking the lead from Lara Gut to claim the top provisional spot.
Taina Barioz signed a wonderful performance finishing second provisional with bib 18. The young woman shew a great aggressive style and commitment to end only 0.06 seconds behind Brem. Discovering her result in the finish area, the young woman was all smiles.
In third place was Lara Gut. The Swiss racer who is going to be crowned Season overall winner after the race seemed relax and more than happy. Full of confidence and commitment, Gut signed a smooth, clean and aggressive run to climb on the provisional podium, 0.20 seconds behind Eva-Maria Brem.
Viktoria Rebensburg, second on the Giant Slalom overall Classement, finished 8th at 0.66 seconds of the provisional leader Brem.
Viktoria Rebensburg impressed during her second run. The German racer has been monstrous, dinamyting the race doing huge margins. She kept believing in her chances to claim the GS Crystal Globe and shew an amazing confidence. She finally wins the last race of the season.
Finishing second, Taina Barioz is the beautiful surprise of the day. The young lady signs her second World Cup podium, the best performance of her career. She skied a smooth and committed run to end at 0.46 seconds of Rebensburg.
The Overall World Cup leader finished her season by a third place. Lara Gut stayed aggressive, skiing beautiful turning sections, crossing the line 0.75 seconds behind Rebensburg.
She was the last skier in the starting gate. Eva-Maria Brem had the pressure on her shoulders with Rebensburg currently leading. The Austrian had to finish at least fourth to secure the GS globe. And she did it. The young woman looked shocked in the finish area, realizing she was 0.05 seconds away from losing the Giant Slalom overall classement. She finally took the little crystal globe in her hands, enjoying the moment.
"It was an amazing fight this season in the giant slalom and to have it come down to this final race and such a small margin is unbelievable. I couldn't be happier with how everything worked out today,"
Viktoria Rebensburg wins the final race of the 2015/16 Women's Alpine Skiing season, a Giant Slalom, 0.46 seconds ahead of Taina Barioz and 0.75 seconds ahead of Lara Gut.
Eva-Maria Brem wins the Giant Slalom Overall Classement (592 pts) only 2 points ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg and 120 points ahead of Lara Gut.
Lara Gut finally received the Big Crystal Globe, meaning of Overall Season domination. The young woman has been crowned at home, in St-Moritz, in front of a delighted crowd. Lindsey Vonn ends second in the standings while Viktoria Rebensburg takes the third spot.
These final events in St-Moritz ended the Women's Alpine Skiing Season in Style, promising wonderful World Championships in February 2017.