Alpine skiing: Lara Gut wins Aspen giant slalom after Shiffrin fall

Lara Gut of Switzerland celebrates winning the Women's Giant Slalom race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.
Lara Gut of Switzerland celebrates winning the Women's Giant Slalom race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.EPA

ASPEN, United States (AFP) - Swiss Lara Gut captured her 13th career Alpine Skiing Women's World Cup victory Friday in a giant slalom race after a late fall by American Mikaela Shiffrin.

Gut, who was third after the opening run, won with a total time of 2min 2.51secs with Austria's Eva-Maria Brem the runner-up by .10 of a second and Italy's Federica Brignone third on 2:02.85.

Reigning world and Olympic slalom champion Shiffrin, who led after the opening run, was three gates from victory but did not finish, handing Gut her second career victory in the discipline after Solden, Austria, in 2013.

"I didn't feel good throughout the race," Shiffrin said.

In the World Cup overall and discipline standings, Brignone, who won this season's giant slalom opener at Solden, remained in first place by 160-150 over Gut with Brem third on 112.

Three-time defending World Cup slalom champion Shiffrin had been second at Solden and would have taken the World Cup lead with a triumph. Instead, the 20-year-old American stands sixth on 80. She was third last season in the giant slalom.

US ski star Lindsey Vonn crashed out in the first run. The four-time World Cup champion was running seventh when she faltered, the third of 18 skiers who failed to finish the opening run.

"My left ski came off," Vonn said. "To be honest I am a bit perplexed. It wasn't even bumpy. It never happened to me in a race before. To happen in Aspen is really disappointing."

Vonn, 31, moved on to next week's speed events in Canada, a course where she has dominated in past seasons.

"Next week it's Lake Louise," she said. "I am going to move from today and focus on that."