Lara Gut of Switzerland won her first Super-G race of the season on Sunday to cut into Lindsey Vonn's overall World Cup lead



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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn is getting some competition for the overall World Cup title although she is still comfortably ahead.

Lara Gut of Switzerland won her first Super-G race of the season on Sunday to cut into Vonn's overall World Cup lead.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany edged Vonn for second place as the American narrowly missed winning back-to-back races on the Kandahar hill. Vonn captured Saturday's downhill.

The race for overall title became a little more open with Gut's fifth victory of the season. She is now 87 points behind Vonn, with Rebensburg 240 points back in third.

"I didn't think very much, I just let go," Gut said.

"When I ski the way I can, I am able to mix it up with the best," said Gut, who finished a disappointing 14th in Saturday's downhill. "I just made fewer mistakes than the others."

"It's much better when I focus only on the skiing and not think about the points. It's not true that Lindsey is unbeatable, all of us just have to step on it," Gut said. "It's getting to be more fun now."

By finishing third, Vonn set an all-time high with her 42nd podium finish in a Super-G. Renate Goetschl of Austria had 41.

Vonn's 27 World Cup wins in Super-G races is already a record for both men and women. She had won seven of the last eight Super-G races going back to January 2015. Vonn also remains atop the Super-G standings, 99 points clear of Gut.

"I am not really thinking about it, honestly," Vonn said of the overall title, which she has won four times already. "All I have to do is to keep winning and even if I am not at my best to be close and I am close."

Gut found the winning line on a dark and bumpy course to win by .15 seconds. Vonn was .23 seconds back in third.

"I didn't risk everything and Lara did," said Vonn, who had won the three previous Super-G races this season.

Gut now has 17 career wins, eight of them in Super-G.

Rebensburg made the podium for the second straight day after finishing third in the downhill. She also won the last two giant slaloms.

"I couldn't have wished for a better weekend before home fans," Rebensburg said. "Lara put together a really good run. I thought I had lost time at the bottom but it was just the opposite."

Vonn said the conditions were tough.

"I didn't have a good feeling for the snow. The flat light, the bumps and the spring snow, the whole thing combined to make me more hesitant than I normally am," Vonn said. "I played it safe, made it to the finish line healthy and I think that was the right decision.

"I am not in the position with the points where I have to risk everything," she said.

What Vonn needs help with is housebreaking her puppy Lucy, who left a wet mark on the carpet of the media tent as Vonn was answering questions. Lucy did the same a few days ago at the home of her friend, the retired German star Mario Hoefl-Riesch.

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