Tina Weirather wins super-G in Crans-Montana

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Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the World Cup Super-G in Crans-Montana. (AFP Photo/Fabrice COFFRINI)
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Crans-Montana (Switzerland) (AFP) - Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather won the super-G in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday to take over top spot in the event's World Cup standings from local favourite Lara Gut.

With one race to go, in Are, Sweden, on March 15, Weirather, the reigning World Cup champion in the discipline, leads Gut by 46 points.

"Gut is an massive opponent," Weirather said after her victory on Saturday.

In the absence of Ester Ledecka, the Czech multi-discipline star who was the surprise winner in Pyeongchang, Weirather, who was third at the Olympics, finished in 1min 2.17sec, 0.36sec ahead of the Austrian Anna Veith and 0.38 ahead of Swiss Wendy Holdener. Gut was seventh, 0.59 back.

This victory was the second of the season for Weirather, who also won at Lake Louise, in Canada at the start of December.

"It was the most challenging piste of the season," said Weirather.

"The globe means a lot to me," she said. "You don't win a globe by chance."

Ledecka, who competes infrequently in the World Cup, has returned to snowboarding, a sport in which she also won gold in South Korea. She was competing later on Saturday in a parallel giant slalom in Kayseri, Turkey.

Veith, who won Olympic silver, said margins were fine on Saturday.

"It was on a razor's edge," she said. "I had to hit the brakes on one jump."