Overall World Cup champ Lara Gut-Behrami adds super-G title, Ester Ledecka wins final race

Lara Gut-Behrami won the World Cup season title in super-G for the fifth time on Friday, doing just enough by placing seventh in the final race won by the 2018 Olympic champion Ester Ledecka in Saalbaach, Austria.

Swiss star had already clinched the overall and giant slalom titles

A women's skier - wearing a red and white ski suit, black and red gloves, and hat - grasps a Crystal Globe in one hand and pumps the first of her other hand, while posing for a photograph.
Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami celebrates with the globe of the overall season's super-G winner in the finish area after the super-G event in Saalbach, Austria on Friday. (Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images)

Lara Gut-Behrami won the World Cup season title in super-G for the fifth time on Friday, doing just enough by placing seventh in the final race won by the 2018 Olympic champion Ester Ledecka in Saalbaach, Austria.

The 32-year-old Gut-Behrami needed to finish eighth or better to protect her lead in the standings and claim a third crystal globe trophy of her stellar season. The Swiss star, who won her first World Cup race in 2008 at the age of 17, already clinched the overall and giant slalom titles.

In Friday's race, Gut-Behrami's nearest challengers Federica Brignone and Cornelia Huetter were second and fifth, respectively.

Gut-Behrami's season-long points total in super-G rose to 576, finishing 30 ahead of Brignone. Huetter was 60 points back in third.

WATCH | Ledecka claims super-G win in Austria:

Ester Ledecka gifts herself an early birthday present with World Cup super-G win in Saalbach

2 months ago
Duration 1:53
One day before her 29th birthday, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the women's World Cup super-G race in Saalbach, Austria.

"Super-G is the discipline I really love," said Gut-Behrami, who won Olympic gold in the discipline in 2022. "To win the globe again is unbelievable."

Ledecka's clean skiing in the Austrian sunshine was 0.28 seconds faster than Brignone and 0.30 ahead of third-placed Kajsa Vickhoff Lie.

Gut-Behrami skied safely and trailed Ledecka by 0.52, despite clocking the fastest speed at almost 121 km/h.

Ledecka got the fourth World Cup win of her Alpine skiing career — all since the versatile Czech star's stunning win at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games where she completed an unprecedented double by also taking gold in snowboard, in the parallel giant slalom event.

The women's ski season ends Saturday with a downhill that could see Gut-Behrami seal another title. She will start 68 points ahead of Stephanie Venier, needing to finish no worse than ninth to top the standings.

WATCH | Women's super-G race from Saalbach:

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Saalbach: Women's super-G

2 months ago
Duration 59:45
Watch the women's super-G from the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Saalbach, Austria.

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