Gut-Behrami wins elusive gold in worlds opener, Shiffrin 3rd

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Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami reactss as she arrives at the finish area during the women's super-G, at the alpine ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – CORTINA D'Lara Gut-Behrami dashed to gold in the women’s super-G at the skiing world championships Thursday, and Mikaela Shiffrin took bronze in her first speed race in more than a year.

Gut-Behrami mastered the sun-bathed Olympia delle Tofane course to finally win the only medal missing from her storied career.

The 2016 overall World Cup champion beat Swiss teammate Corinne Suter by 0.34 seconds, living up to her billing as the main favorite after winning the last four super-Gs on the World Cup circuit.

“I tried to put that aside. I just wanted to ski like I usually do,” said the Swiss skier, who had six medals from previous major events, including Olympic bronze in downhill from the 2014 Sochi Games. “The difference this time is that I didn’t dream about gold. I didn’t want to do that.

“I never thought I was supposed to win a gold,” she added. "My career should not be judged by the fact whether I won one gold medal or not.”

Shiffrin finished 0.47 behind in third, edging Olympic super-G champion Ester Ledecka by six-hundredths of a second after missing a chance to win gold.

Shiffrin had the fastest split times but lost her balance and got twisted around near the bottom of the course. She needed to put her right arm and pole behind her to regain control but was slowed by skiing through soft snow alongside the track.

She lost more than eight-tenths on Gut-Behrami from the final split and briefly shook her head and shrugged her shoulders after finishing.