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Swiss skier Lara Gut wins World Cup opening GS

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SOELDEN, Austria (AP) -- Lara Gut of Switzerland held on to her commanding first-run lead to win the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday while favorites Tina Maze of Slovenia and Tessa Worley of France struggled.

It was Gut's fourth career victory but the first in GS.

The Swiss skier led the field by 0.77 after the opening run before finishing in an aggregate 2 minutes, 25.16 seconds. Kathrin Zettel of Austria came 0.84 back in second and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took third, 1.28 off the lead.

Maze, the defending overall World Cup champion, was 3.05 behind in 18th, and world GS champion Worley trailed Gut by 3.31 in 21st.

Four-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn skipped the race and plans to start her season next month after recovering from knee surgery.

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