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Worley takes second consecutive World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz


After yesterday’s super G was canceled due to steady snow and winds, the skies cleared and women’s World Cup racing finally got under way today (Dec. 12) in St. Moritz, Switzerland with a giant slalom.

Pulling in her second consecutive World Cup GS win was French skier Tessa Worley with a two-run time of two minutes 10.70 seconds. Just a hundredth of a second behind was World Cup veteran Finn Tanja Poutiainen in second place while Slovenia’s Tina Maze rounded out the podium in third, 0.31 seconds off the winning pace.

“It was a good run, I made a lot of mistakes but not as many as my other racer friends,” said Worley of her second run. “It was a big battle but it ended nice for me.”

It was Worley’s second win of the young season after taking the top spot two weeks ago in Aspen in another GS.

Poutiaine, a 41-time World Cup podium finisher, was tied for third place following the first run, while Worley was 0.16 seconds back in fifth position. A gutsy second run and some mistakes made by first run leaders, Germans Kathrin Hoelzl and Viktoria Rebensburg (the Olympic and world champions) gave Worley the advantage for 21-year-old’s fourth World Cup win.

France’s Anemone Marmottan (2:11.22) had her best World Cup race ever in fourth. 

It was a great race for Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, who stood in 14th position after the first run, then found a tight line that was good enough for fifth place – her career high in a World Cup race.  The result marked the first time a Canadian women has cracked the top ten in a World Cup gate race in a year (Anna Goodman ninth in Are slalom, Dec. 2009). Teammate Marie-Pier Prefontaine also made the points in 24th.  
 
“I was really surprised. I was asking myself this morning if I was going to be in the top 30 because in the GS in Aspen I just missed qualifying,” said Gagnon about today’s result. “I am still disappointed about that, but I’m skiing well and I have been in GS since Sölden so I feel good about it.”

After taking turns on the podium’s top two spots last week in Lake Louise, the World Cup’s top women, American Lindsey Vonn and German Maria Riesch, were temporarily out of the limelight today in both of their weakest discipline.

Vonn led the U.S. team in seventh, her best result in a giant slalom in close to two years (seventh in Maribor, 2009) and the first time she has topped Riesch (19th today) in a technical event this season. Vonn stood 16th after the first run, then put down the fourth-fasted second run as she nodded her head in satisfaction in the finish area.  Vonn now stands 145 points behind Riesch in the overall World Cup standings.

“The first run, I felt like I was a little bit too relaxed, I skied too conservatively, too round,” said Vonn. “The second, run I wanted to ski more aggressively and I was really happy with it. It was nice to get a race in that was more like my training.”

Julia Mancuso finished eighth after standing sixth in the first run. Teammate Sarah Schelper just missed her shot at a second run, landing 32nd after the first run.

At the head of a pack of seven Austrian women in the second run, Marlies Schild was the first woman out of the gate and put down the fastest run of the day (1:04.05), climbing from 30th in the first run to finish 12th. She held the lead through 14 racers until getting bumped by Vonn.

The Germans, this season’s gate skiing power team, had four women in the second run, including the first run’s 1-2 in Rebensburg and Hoelzl. Things turned for the worse for them in round two as Hoelzl skied off course at the top of the run and a string of mistakes pushed Rebensburg to 10th place. Rebensburg won the season opening World Cup race, a GS in Soelden and finished second in the same discipline in Aspen two weeks ago.

The Women’s World Cup tour now shifts to Val d’Isere, France, where the men raced this weekend, for a super G Dec. 17, a downhill Dec. 18 and the season’s first super combined Dec. 19.

The SCOOP
By Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 12, 2010. … It is the ninth race of 37 on the women’s 2010-2011 World Cup schedule. … the eighth to be held. … It is the third of eight scheduled GS’s. … It is the 36th World Cup to be held at St Moritz. … the third GS and first since 2004.

It is the fourth career World Cup victory for Tessa Worley. … all in GS and all scored on or before Dec. 12. … It is her second win this season.

It is the 41st career World Cup podium for Tanja Poutiainen. … The 20th in GS. … Her first podium at St Moritz. … She is the all-time Finnish leader in alpine Cup podiums.

It is the 21st career World Cup podium for Tina Maze. … 13th in GS. … It is her fourth Cup podium at St Moritz and second in GS having won Dec. 22, 2004.

It is a career best World Cup result for Marie-Michele Gagnon. … Her previious best had been eighth in slalom at Ofterschwang March 7, 2009. … It is her first score at St Moritz. … It is the 102nd career top seven in World Cup for Lindsey Vonn and matches her third best Cup GS result. … She has never been on a GS Cup podium. … It is the 62nd career top eight in World Cup for Julia Mancuso. … 18th top eight in GS. … It is her second best result in World Cup at St Moritz having placed sixth in GS Dec. 22, 2004. … It is the second (and best) World Cup scoring result for Marie-Pier Prefontaine.

Marie Riesch (19th in race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 526-381 over Vonn. … Poutainien moves to third at 276. … Worley leads the GS standings 232-206 over Viktoria Rebensburg (10th in race) with Poutiainen third with 156. … Mancuso is the top American in ninth with 86pts. … Gagnon the top Canadian with 65. … Germany leads the women’s Nations Cup 1190-995 over Austria. … The U.S. is third at 808 and Canada 10th with 127pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  7  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:06.38  1:04.32  2:10.70  0.00
 2  4  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:06.22  1:04.49  2:10.71  0.07
 3  5  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:06.22  1:04.79  2:11.01  2.06
 4  21  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA   1:07.14  1:04.08  2:11.22  3.46
 5  36  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:07.37  1:04.12  2:11.49  5.26
 6  12  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA   1:06.60  1:05.16  2:11.76  7.06
 7  19  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:07.46  1:04.31  2:11.77  7.12
 8  17  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:06.58  1:05.30  2:11.88  7.85
 9  16  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:07.38  1:04.66  2:12.04  8.92
 10  3  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:05.75  1:06.51  2:12.26  10.38
 11  10  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:06.98  1:05.33  2:12.31  10.72
 12  31  55590 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   1:08.34  1:04.05  2:12.39  11.25
 13  1  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:08.15  1:04.44  2:12.59  12.58
 14  13  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA   1:06.64  1:06.00  2:12.64  12.91
 15  8  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   1:07.14  1:05.61  2:12.75  13.65
 16  22  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:07.47  1:05.37  2:12.84  14.24
 17  24  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:06.95  1:05.91  2:12.86  14.38
 18  11  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:08.25  1:04.62  2:12.87  14.44
 19  6  206001 RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:07.71  1:05.18  2:12.89  14.58
 20  20  296379 GIANESINI Giulia  1984  ITA   1:07.06  1:06.08  2:13.14  16.24
 21  26  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER   1:07.56  1:05.60  2:13.16  16.37
 22  37  565268 DREV Ana  1985  SLO   1:07.47  1:05.94  2:13.41  18.04
 23  9  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   1:07.83  1:05.61  2:13.44  18.24
 24  33  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN   1:07.75  1:05.74  2:13.49  18.57
 25  18  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:08.23  1:05.28  2:13.51  18.70
 26  15  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:07.83  1:05.70  2:13.53  18.84
 27  41  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:07.95  1:06.40  2:14.35  24.30
 28  30  196179 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA   1:08.03  1:06.42  2:14.45  24.96
Did not start 1st run
   60  195671 JACQUEMOD Ingrid  1978  FRA         
Did not qualify 1st run
   63  196806 NOENS Nastasia  1988  FRA         
   62  515997 FEIERABEND Denise  1989  SUI         
   61  565373 ROBNIK Tina  1991  SLO         
   59  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko  1983  JPN         
   58  185271 LEINONEN Sanni  1989  FIN         
   57  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA         
   56  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER         
   55  505908 SMEDH Veronica  1988  SWE         
   54  515855 GOOD Esther  1987  SUI         
   53  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA         
   52  106022 JANYK Britt  1980  CAN         
   51  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA         
   50  206160 RIESCH Susanne  1987  GER         
   49  306249 HASEGAWA Emi  1986  JPN         
   48  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA         
   47  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA         
   46  515849 DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI         
   45  538284 MCJAMES Megan  1987  USA         
   44  515937 FUHRER Kathrin  1988  SUI         
   42  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT         
   40  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
   39  495065 RIENDA Maria Jose  1975  SPA         
   38  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE         
   35  705287 ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK         
   34  425629 LOESETH Lene  1986  NOR         
   32  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona  1991  AUT         
   29  296476 ALFIERI Camilla  1985  ITA         
   28  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA         
   27  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
   25  295435 GIUS Nicole  1980  ITA         
   23  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah  1979  USA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   14  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT         
   2  205993 HOELZL Kathrin  1984  GER         
Did not finish 1st run
   43  506399 HECTOR Sara  1992  SWE         

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