Lara Gut celebrates World Cup championship

Lara Gut basks in the glow of two World Cup globes after this week’s championships. PHOTO: Courtesy of Lara Gut

The 2015-2016 World Cup Season wrapped up last week in sunny St. Moritz, Switzerland. The overall women’s title went to Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who overtook Lindsey Vonn after Vonn’s recent season-ending knee injury. Despite her rollercoaster of a season, Vonn took home her 20th globe (this one in downhill) breaking the previous record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark for total number of globes. This season also brought her just 10 wins away from Stenmark’s record 86 career World Cup wins.

Gut had a remarkable season, taking home not only the overall title but the Super-G globe as well (which Vonn also held the lead in pre-injury). Ironically, this is the one discipline she didn’t secure a win in during the season.

Marcel Hirscher also had a tremendous season, taking home an unprecedented fifth consecutive overall title. Hirscher also took home the globe for Giant Slalom, edging out Alexis Pinturault. He was just 31 points away from taking home the Slalom title as well.

The race for the women’s Giant Slalom title finished the season with Eva-Maria Brem and Viktoria Rebensburg vying for top honors. After an intense final race, Brem held onto her lead to take home the globe. The day wasn’t a total loss for Rebensburg, though, she took first place in the final GS race of the season.

Frida Hansdotter handily took home the Slalom overall but couldn’t catch the unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin during the final slalom race in St. Moritz. Shiffrin, who missed much of the season due to an injury, took first by more than two seconds.

The action-packed week also included a French sweep of the giant slalom, with Thomas Fanara, Alexis Pinturault, and Mathieu Faivre taking the podium. The remaining titles went to Italy’s Peter Fill, for downhill, Henrik Kristoffersen, for slalom (which was determined prior to finals), Aleksander Aamodt Kilde for Super G, and Wendy Holdener and Alexis Pinturault for Alpine Combined.

Check out the full results from the World Cup finals below:

16 March 2016

Ladies' Downhill
1. Mirjam Puchner (AUT), 1:40.93
2. Fabienne Suter (SUI), 1:41.06
3. Elena Curtoni (ITA): 1:41.10

Men's Downhill
1. Beat Feuz (SUI) 1:40.44
2. Steven Nyman (USA) 1:40.52
3. Erik Guay (CAN) 1:40.98

17 March 2016

Ladies' Super G
1. Tina Weirather (LIE) 1:18.93
2. Lara Gut (SUI) 1:19.34
3. Cornelia Huetter (AUT) 1:19.52

Men's Super G
1. Beat Feuz (SUI) 1:16.17
2. (tie) Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 1:16.27

19 March 2016

Ladies' Slalom
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1:43.96
2. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) 1:45.99
3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) 1:46.27

Men's Giant Slalom
1. Thomas Fanara (FRA) 2:14.92
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 2:14.94
3. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) 2:15.06

20 March 2016

Ladies' Giant Slalom
1. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) 2:26.15
2. Taina Barioz (FRA) 2:26.61
3. Lara Gut (SUI) 2:26.90

St. Moritz Team Results:
1. Switzerland
2. Germany
3. Sweden