Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem won the overall giant slalom title by just two points as the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup season concluded in thrilling fashion in St Moritz today.
The 27-year-old World Championship team gold medallist was fourth at the Swiss resort and she had to be as anything less would have handed the giant slalom title to Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg.
The Austrian finished on 592 points with Rebensburg on 590, ahead of Switzerland’s overall World Cup champion Lara Gut who came third on 472.
Gut was third today on home snow, behind France’s Taina Barioz, who claimed a first podium of the season at the final opportunity.
Rebensburg clocked 2 min 26.15 sec for victory after her two runs, with Barioz managing 2:26.61.
Gut was timed at 2:26.90 with Brem, who topped the standings after the first descents, on 2:27.31.
The Austrian only hung onto fourth spot, and therefore the giant slalom title, by 0.05 sec ahead of fifth placed Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon.
“It was an amazing fight this season in the giant slalom and to have it come down to this final race and such a small margin is unbelievable,” said Brem, who won one race in the discipline this season in Jasna in Slovakia on March 7.
“I couldn’t be happier with how everything worked out today.”
Gut received her overall winner’s crystal globe following the concluding action, and finished the season on 1462 points.
American Lindsey Vonn, who missed the last eight World Cup races thanks to a fractured leg, still finished second overall on 1235 with Rebensburg third on 1047.
The Swiss also won the super-G title this season to add to her overall success.
In the men’s World Cup, slalom concluded their season in St Moritz with Andre Myhrer becoming the first Swedish winner of a race this term.
He clocked 1:43.75 to beat Austria’s overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who was timed at 1:43.89.
Third place went to Sebastian Foss-Solevåg of Norway who was timed at 1:44.11.
Henrik Kristoffersen, the Norwegian who had already sealed the overall slalom title, was 19th.
Hirscher, who has now won the World Cup for five consecutive years, finished on an overall tally of 1795.
Kristoffersen was well adrift in second, on 1298, with France’s Alexis Pinturault third on 1200.
- By Dan Palmer
- Republished with permission insidethegames.biz