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Gut wins season-opening giant slalom

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Switzerland’s Lara Gut kept her composure to clinch the opening race of the World Cup skiing season at the women’s giant slalom in Soelden, Austria on Saturday.

The 22 year old, a three-time world championship silver medallist, had won three previous World Cup races in the speed events but had never before secured this event, sending a strong message to her rivals less than four months before the Sochi Games.

Local favourite Kathrin Zettel produced a solid run but eventually had to settle for second place, 0.44 seconds behind the leader while Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg completed the podium after crossing the finish-line in an impressive time of 2 minutes and 26.44 seconds.