Huetter earns first World Cup downhill title, edging out Gut-Behrami for the win in season’s final race.


Huetter earns first World Cup downhill title, edging out Gut-Behrami for the win in season’s final race.

In a stunning turn of events during the final day of the women’s World Cup season in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, Cornelia Huetter emerged as the surprising winner of the downhill race, securing her first-ever title and preventing Lara Gut-Behrami from achieving her fourth win of the week. Going into the race, Huetter was ranked fourth in the discipline standings behind Stephanie Venier, the injured Sofia Goggia, and Gut-Behrami, who needed to finish ninth or better to maintain her lead.
Huetter, starting 12th, put on an impressive performance, taking the lead and forcing all eyes to be on Gut-Behrami. Despite already claiming victories in the overall, giant slalom, and super-G events in the World Cup finals, Gut-Behrami finished 11th, missing out on the title she had been eyeing to achieve. Huetter was quickly embraced by her jubilant teammates after securing the title and had to nervously await the results of the remaining skiers to ensure she held onto her lead.
Ilka Stuhec and Nicol Delago came close to overtaking Huetter, but fell just short, finishing behind Huetter in second and third place. With Gut-Behrami finishing in 17th place, Huetter secured the title, beating Gut-Behrami by 28 points. The victory marked a significant achievement for Huetter, who celebrated her success surrounded by her teammates and the excitement of the competition.

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