World Cup skiing: Jessica Lindell-Vikarby takes giant slalom as Lara Gut crashes out
Last Updated: 02/12/13 12:04am
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby: Reacts after crossing the finish line to win the women's giant slalom
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby claimed victory in the women's World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek as Lara Gut's bid for a hat-trick ended in glorious failure.
Swede Lindell-Vikarby claimed just the second race win of her career - the other coming in a super-G triumph in Italy back in 2009 - having previously managed a best finish of fifth in the discipline.
The 29-year-old managed a combined time of two minutes, 17.92 seconds across her two runs down the Birds of Prey piste.
"It was a pure pleasure to be in the lead when you came down the first run and then the second," she said. "It's a long wait between runs and I was for sure a bit nervous, but I made it."
American Mikaela Shiffrin gave the home crowd something to cheer by taking second place, just 0.09secs back, with Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather in third.
Gut, who had won Friday's downhill and then the super-G on Saturday on the new Raptor course, slid out on her first run after failing to hold her line.
Nevertheless, she remains on top the overall World Cup standings with the next races set for next weekend at Lake Louise in Canada, a venue where American Lindsey Vonn could make her long-awaited comeback from injury.