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Swiss 1-2 but Heartbreak for Gut at FIS Alpine World Championships

Wendy Holdener, right, celebrates her title as world champion of the combined under the eyes of her dauphin and compatriot Michelle Gisin. Photo: Joe Klamar / AFP

Wendy Holdener and Michele Gisin took Swiss gold and silver in the women’s combined event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Championships in St Moritz.

It was, however, a mixed day for the host nation as Lara Gut was ruled out of the Championships after suffering a knee injury.

Gut, who won super-G bronze earlier in the week, lay in third place after the downhill section before injuring her left leg warming up for the slalom.

She was airlifted to hospital and it was later confirmed that the reigning World Cup champion will be forced to miss the rest of the showpiece event.

Holdener lay outside the medal positions after the downhill only to produce a dazzling slalom run.

It was good enough to overhaul Gisin and win gold in 1min 58.88sec.

Gisin finished just five hundredths behind in second place.

Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria took bronze in 1:59.26.

Downhill leader Sofia Goggia of Italy also failed to finish after a poor slalom leg.

Another home skier finished fourth in Denise Feierabend, 0.82 off the winning pace, with American Lindsey Vonn three further hundredths back in fifth.

The showpiece men’s downhill will be held tomorrow.

By Nick Butler

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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