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Lara Gut takes Lake Louise super-G for 4th win this season

Lara Gut edged Tina Weirather on Sunday to wrap up World Cup women's skiing for the year at Lake Louise, Alberta.

Vonn 5th, Canada's Gagnon with best ever super-G result

Switzerland's Lara Gut won the Super G, while American Lindsey Vonn placed fifth. 0:58

Lara Gut edged Tina Weirather on Sunday to wrap up World Cup women's skiing for the year at Lake Louise, Alberta.

The Swiss skier won her fourth World Cup race so far this season in a time of one minute, 22.86 seconds.

Weirather from Liechtenstein was 3-100ths of a second behind. It is also her fourth time on the podium this season, but she's yet to win, with three silver medals and one bronze.

Anna Fenninger was third, 3-10ths back of the winner. The Austrian hit the podium for the third time this season.

Gut now leads the World Cup overall standings with 446 points, followed by Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch (405) and Fenninger (345). 

"It's the first time I'm in the top three in the overall, so it's a pretty new thing for me," Gut said. "I just have to stay focused on my skiing and not starting thinking about points.

"If I starting thinking about points, I will start getting nervous and not ski the way I can. Today I knew I had to ski and this is what I did. It's cool to know when you have to ski, I can be in the top in Lake Louise."

Lindsey Vonn again showed improvement in her return from a knee injury. The U.S. ski star was fifth, after finishing 40th and then 11th in the weekend's two downhills.

"I felt really good," Vonn told CBC Sports after the race. "I'm just making progress every day. Nothing happens overnight, but I think I've made some great progress this weekend."

Gagnon not just a 'slalom ninja'

Vonn tore ligaments at the world championships in February and last month aggravated that right knee injury with a partial tear of the ligaments.

"The end goal is definitely Sochi and the Olympics," the 29-year-old said.

Vonn added: "I tried to build my confidence and push myself every day [this weekend]."

Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was 10th, her third top-10 result this season in as many disciplines and her best ever finish in the super-G. She placed fifth in the season-opening slalom in Levi, Finland, and 10th in a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

She is 13th in the overall World Cup standings.

Gagnon competed in super-G to get work in speed events, as she will represent Canada in the super combined event in Sochi, the competition which combines downhill and slalom.

The 24-year-old helicoptered her pole around her head in celebration when she crossed the finish line Sunday.

"I'm definitely a slalom ninja," Gagnon said. "I was really surprised. I charged and I didn't know what it would get me, but at the same time I know my technique is improving and giant slalom and slalom is pretty strong now and it's looking good now.

"It's carrying onto speed events and that's really exciting. It shows I can use the speed side to my advantage a little bit better."

Yurkiw trying to earn her way

Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., missed a gate and did not finish the course.

Yurkiw needs another top 12 to reach the criteria set by Alpine Canada. She was dropped from the Canadian ski team after last season.   

Yurkiw says she raised about $150,000 on her own to pay for her summer ski camps in Europe and for her coaching and training expenses.   

"She's on a roll right now and I hope she can carry it on through the next races in Europe," said Paul Kristofic, Alpine Canada's vice-president of sport. "We'll lend a hand and cheer her on towards her goals absolutely.   

"Today with Mich, that's a testament to the momentum she has in all events right now. She's been skiing really well with tremendous speed. She's definitely a contender in the combined event. Doing some speed is critical for that."   

Yurkiw was to board a flight Sunday for St. Moritz, Switzerland,where she and Gagnon will race a super-G on Saturday. Gagnon will also compete in a giant slalom there.

Gut's victory denied Hoefl-Riesch of a Lake Louise hat trick after winning the two downhills. Hoefl-Riesch was 19th on Sunday.

Vonn had won all three races in each of the previous two years at Lake Louise.

Last year's dominant World Cup champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia, was 13th.

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