Austrian Schmidhofer claims first gold in Super G at World Ski Championships

Nicole Schmidhofer, Tina Weirather and Lara Gut @ St. Moritz 2017. Switzerland

Saint Moritz, Switzerland (KDN) – Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer won the first gold medal in the ladies Super G of 44th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Saint Moritz on Tuesday as Lichtenstein’s Tina Weirather claimed silver while top favorite Lara Gut came third.

Following two days of heavy snowfall in the region which caused cancellation of ladies and men downhill training on Monday, the sun had its say on Tuesday. The sky turned blue as the sunshine hit the top of the Swiss Alps and Engadine was ready for a perfect start of the Skiing event of the year.

Schmidhofer clocked a time of 1 minute 21.34 seconds on the Super G course to claim her first ever gold medal at World Ski Championships. Two experienced ski racers Weirather and Gut followed Schmidhofer by 0.33 and 0.36 respectively.

“It was a great run for me” the young Austrian said. “Everything went smoothly. The course was excellent, turning the gates and the jumps were quite easy for me.

“I came here with a one-week good training from Saalbach. And it paid off”

Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein @ St. Moritz 2017

For Schmidhofer and Weirather, it was the first medal, while GUT clinched her fifth medal in FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

It was not a perfect day for skiers like favorites Lindsey Vonn of the US, Anna Veith of Austria. Both of them skied out while on the course and failed to make it to the finish line.

Linsey Vonn of the United States @ St. Moritz 2017

St. Moritz 2017 will continue with ladies downhill training and men’s Super G race on Tuesday.

For more information on the event go to St.Moritz2017