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Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 11 February 2021 – The Cortina World Championships start well for Switzerland, with a double score in the women’s super-G, the first race of the championships after a three-day delay due to poor weather conditions.
Lara Gut-Behrami from Ticino is the new world champion. The great favourite succeeded in winning the world title ahead of her teammate Corinne Suter, who took silver with 34/100 from the top. It is the second time that Switzerland takes the top two spots in the women’s super-G world championships; in 1987, in Crans Montana, Maria Walliser won ahead of Michela Figini.
After 34 years Gut-Behrami and Suter repeated the feat, leaving the third step of the podium to Mikaela Shiffrin who finished 47/100 behind the gold medal. The American, who won gold two years ago in Åre, made a mistake in the final stretch of the Olympia delle Tofane and lost precious tenths, perhaps those necessary to reconfirm herself as world champion. Shiffrin, who during the first part of the season focused only on technical disciplines, returned to training speed in order to participate in the super-G world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Fourth place for the Czech Ester Ledecka, off the podium by six hundredths (53/100 delay), fifth position for Norwegian Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (65/100). Federica Brignone is best Italian athlete in tenth place with 1 ”09.
At 13.00, the start of the first men’s race. Super-G on the new Vertigine track.