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Hütter missed the Super-G ball: ÖSV remained without a World Cup ball this season

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Cornelia Hütter
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Lara Gut-Behrami grabbed the crystal ball with the day’s win. In the end, the Swiss had 66 more points than Hütter. As in the previous season, the Austrian Ski Association was without a crystal ball in 2022/23. This is the third time since Marcel Hirscher’s resignation after the 2018/19 season. Eight of the ten balls (including the overall World Cup) for women and men had already been awarded before the season finale. The men’s slalom ranking is still open. This is where the decision will be made in the very last race of the season on Sunday.

With the exception of Hütter, Austria’s speed women were apparently already out of breath. Mirjam Puchner (16th), Stephanie Venier (17th), Franziska Gritsch (18th), Nina Ortlieb (19th) and Ramona Siebenhofer (23rd) all finished the race outside of the World Cup points. 26 runners were at the start.

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Nicole Schmidhofer said goodbye to active top-class sport with a green cap, Styrian jacket and leather pants as well as a few stops and hugs with companions. The greatest successes in the 16-year career of the 34-year-old Styrian were the world championship title in Super-G in 2017 and winning the ball in the downhill (2018/19). She finished on the podium twelve times in the World Cup.

Fourth bullet in Super G for Gut-Behrami

Hütter tried the scrimmage in the spring race in Andorra, but couldn’t keep up with Gut-Behrami’s ideal run. “I really fought. If I lost it somewhere, it would certainly be with the two zeros in St. Moritz and St. Anton. But certainly not today,” said Hütter on ORF.

After seven races of the season with seven different winners, she went into the final in third place. She was 25 points behind the leading Italian Elena Curtoni (day 10th). She ended the season as one of two ÖSV winners, two second and one third place in the World Cup, as well as World Championship bronze in Super-G.

Gut-Behrami was in second place with 5 points more than Hütter. And clearly overtook Curtoni, who, like Ortlieb, had fallen on Wednesday. In order to bend Federica Brignone as well, the highly decorated Swiss woman needed her 37th World Cup victory. The reward was her fourth Super-G ball.

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