Gut-Behrami wins again, edges Shiffrin in giant slalom

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Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami eyes her gold medal after a women's giant slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – CORTINA D'After going her entire career without a major championship title, Lara Gut-Behrami added a second gold medal to her burgeoning collection from this year's skiing world championships.

Mikaela Shiffrin, meanwhile, earned a silver medal to give her one of each color — and with her best event still to come.

Gut-Behrami edged Shiffrin for gold in the giant slalom on Thursday, making up a deficit on the first-run leader with a blistering final leg to beat the American by two-hundredths of a second.

After Shiffrin had completed her run, Gut-Behrami hugged the American and stormed through the finish area to celebrate with her coaches.

“GS has always been so important for me in my entire career,” the Swiss skier said. “I always knew that if I’m skiing well in GS then it’s easy to be fast even in the other disciplines.”

However, Gut has been struggling in GS in recent years and failed to win a race in the discipline since triumphing in the season-opening World Cup race in 2016.

“This year I was coming back step by step,” she said. “Coming to the finish line, I had already on my mind it’s the first time I’m winning a medal in GS. To win the gold here is unbelievable.”

Katharina Liensberger of Austria was 0.09 behind in third in what was the closest finish ever of a women’s giant slalom at the worlds. American skier Nina O'Brien was 0.02 behind in second after the opening run but dropped to 10th after a costly mistake shortly before finishing her final run.