It’s becoming something of a habit for Laura Gut to top the podium in in Val d’Isere. On Friday it was the alpine combined.
That fired up the Swiss ski star for Saturday’s downhill. It seems the French resort loves her and she loves it. For it was on the slopes she clinched her first downhill World Cup victory three years ago.
And she was once again at her best to take first place beating compatriot Fabienne Suter by 0.16 seconds in what was a flawless run.
“This is my third win in Val d’Isere and it’s not by chance. The race is a bit of fresh air for me. I feel good there,” she said on taking victory.
In fact it could be argued most women Swiss skiiers feel good on these slopes. Fabienne Suter confirmed her current downhill form after her runner-up spot in Lake Louise two weeks ago.
She is hoping to push on from the two good results. “I was extremely nervous at the start and I’m really happy about this result. Now I must stay consistent,” she said after coming in behind Gut.
Canada’s Larisa Yurik took third for the second podium in her career.
Gut’s 15th World Cup victory means she is just two points behind Lindsey Vonn in the FIS World Cup standings. It could have been more but for the favourites failure to complete the course after a tumble in the snow!