Lara Gut passes Lindsey Vonn in World Cup overall standings
Swiss Lara Gut did the inevitable Monday, passing Lindsey Vonn in the World Cup overall standings to ensure the American will not win the title this season.
Gut finished fourth in a World Cup giant slalom in Jasna, Slovakia, behind Austrian winner Eva-Maria Brem. U.S. Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin was 14th. Full results are here.
Gut needed to finish in the top nine to overcome a 28-point deficit to Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion who announced Wednesday she would not race again this season due to knee injuries from a Feb. 27 crash.
Even if Gut failed to pass Vonn on Monday, she would have had six more chances this season with two more races next weekend and the World Cup Finals the following week in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Gut, 24 and the 2014 Olympic downhill bronze medalist, has a comfortable 263-point lead on German Viktoria Rebensburg in the overall standings and could mathematically clinch her first World Cup overall title next weekend.
Gut burst onto the scene in 2009, winning two World Championships silver medals at age 17, making her one of the top challengers to Vonn going into the 2010 Olympics. But she missed those Games after dislocating her right hip in a September 2009 training crash.
She won two World Cup races total over the next four years but re-emerged in the 2013-14 Olympic season with seven World Cup victories and her first Olympic medal.
Gut regressed last season, was ninth in the overall standings and emerged without much fanfare for the 2015-16 campaign. However, injuries to Vonn, Shiffrin and Austrian Anna Fenninger and Slovenian Tina Maze‘s break from the sport opened the door.
Gut blasted through it with six victories this season, making the top of the podium in every discipline but slalom. Vonn has nine wins this season.