In the place where she can triumph twice a year ago, Lara Gut-Behrami does not hold back with criticism of the circumstances. The organizers in Crans-Montana are disappointed.
A year ago Lara Gut-Behrami celebrated a surprising double victory in Crans-Montana within 24 hours. Just in time for the corona-related end of the season, she managed to break free in the midst of difficult times. Because until the furious appearances in the two runs, the Ticinese is following expectations, the fun factor is getting lost more and more. After many trips, Gut-Behrami is plagued by a “shit feeling”.
Looking back, she may not speak of a turnaround, but says of the one-two victory a year ago: “From one day to the next, everything felt easy again.”
In the current season Gut-Behrami is increasingly finding his way back to his old strength, and is increasingly one of the favorites again. Top ten results are the order of the day, in St. Anton she recently won the Super-G for the first time in three years. «I have a lot more self-confidence again. It was no wonder it hadn’t worked before, ”she says, emphasizing that she had been looking for this condition for a long time.
The OK demands an apology from Gut-Behrami
Nevertheless, Gut-Behrami’s enthusiasm for returning to Valais is limited. The relationship between the Ticino woman and the organizers in Crans is strained, which is mainly due to the chaos race of 2019, when the timing of several drivers did not work. In retrospect, Gut-Behrami slipped from 3rd place to 6th place – and then did not hold back with criticism. Just like this year after the first downhill training on Wednesday. The surface of the track on Mont Lachaux is far too soft for the training period, after her ride she chooses clear words: “The slope is disgusting!”
When asked about the harsh criticism, the organizers of the races in Crans-Montana are appalled. The statements cause great anger among President Marius Robyr, his Vice Hugo Steinegger makes it clear: “We are very disappointed with Lara”. Steinegger points out that the heavy snowfall made preparations difficult. In addition, the preparation of the piste has not yet been completed, adjustments and improvements are being made on an ongoing basis.
Steinegger doesn’t just let Gut-Behrami’s criticism sit on him, he also speaks to women’s head coach Beat Tschuor. “He told her what we thought of her statement,” he says. On Wednesday evening, the OK from Swiss-Ski also asked for an apology. And the last word should not have been spoken yet.