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Zug skier springs surprise

Tamara Müller celebrates her unexpected victory Keystone

A relatively unknown former slalom specialist from canton Zug has surprised Switzerland's top skiing stars by winning the national super-G title in Arosa.

Tamara Müller finished Wednesday’s race more than a third of a second ahead of World Cup star Sylviane Berthod and almost a second faster than Grindelwald’s Martina Schild.

Defending champion Corinne Rey-Bellet had to settle for a rare sixth place.

Müller is the first skier from canton Zug ever to win a race at the Swiss championships. The 24-year-old’s greatest previous performance came at a World Cup slalom in St Anton three years ago when she finished 22nd after starting 70th.

Not carried away

Since then Müller has switched to the speed disciplines where she has scraped the odd World Cup point here and there, mostly with finishes outside of the top 25. But following some disappointing performances this season, Müller said she wasn’t getting carried away by Wednesday’s win.

“Although I’ve won this title, I’m only half satisfied with how the season has gone,” Müller insisted. “My goal at the start of the year was to make it into the A-squad and unfortunately I just missed out on that. But at least this win shows me that I’m now on the right path.”

Berthod and Rey-Bellet both said they had paid the price for a long Olympic season.

“It wasn’t easy after such a long season to really concentrate one more time,” claimed Berthod.

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