Lara Gut-Behrami triumphed in the women's super-G event as the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships finally got underway today in Cortina d'Ampezzo ©Getty Images

Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami earned the first gold medal of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships as the women’s super-G competition went to form in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Organisers had faced a frustrating start to the World Championships with weather conditions preventing competition from being held on the opening two days.

The rescheduled women’s super-G, initially planned for Tuesday (February 9), was able to launch the event today.

Gut-Behrami headed into the competition as favourite, with the Swiss star having won the four World Cup races in the discipline heading into the World Championships.

A time of 1min 25.51sec saw Gut-Behrami claim the first World Championship gold medal of her career, adding to three silver and two bronze.

The 29-year-old had previously earned super-G silver and bronze medals in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

"In the past, I always wanted to win gold and it never happened," Gut-Behrami said.

"Today, sure, I was nervous and I wanted to ski the way I want and that sometimes produces too much pressure."

Lara Gut-Behrami celebrated her maiden world title ©Getty Images
Lara Gut-Behrami celebrated her maiden world title ©Getty Images

Switzerland were able to celebrate a one-two in the opening event of the World Championships, with Corinne Suter finishing 0.34 seconds down as the runner-up.

The podium was completed by the United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin in 1:25.93, with the bronze medallist ending 0.47 seconds behind the winner.

Defending champion Shiffrin moved level with retired former team-mate Lindsey Vonn on eight World Championship medals.

Olympic champion Ester Ledecka placed fourth, the Czech Republic star missing the podium by 0.06 seconds.

The men’s super-G event also went with the form book, as Vincent Kriechmayr earned his maiden gold medal at a major championship.

The Austrian skier had won last two super-G World Cup races prior to the World Championships.

Kriechmayr achieve a winning time of 1:19.41.

Silver was earned by Germany's Romed Baumann, who finished 0.07 seconds behind the winner.

France's Alexis Pinturault, who has secured World Championship and Olympic medals across alpine combined and giant slalom events, earned a rare super-G podium finish.

Pinturault, whose last super-G podium came back in 2014, finished 0.34 behind the winner to earn bronze.