For the first time ever, Kronplatz, Italy, hosted a World Cup on Tuesday, becoming the 23rd Italian resort to do so. The women competed in their final giant slalom race before World Championships next month, and Federica Brignone of Italy led the charge, winning with a combined time of 2:10.05. She was joined on the podium by current GS standings leader Tessa Worley and her teammate Marta Bassino, who were 0.55 and 0.57 seconds off the winning pace, respectively.
Skiing with energy and confidence on the challenging slope, Brignone won the first run, and she was able to expand on that lead in the second to take a win in front of her fellow countrymen. The Italian, whose other World Cup giant slalom victory was at Soelden in 2015, believes that steep hills like this play to her strengths–mostly because they scare her.
“When it’s tough, I just try to do my skiing because I’m already preoccupied on how to do the slope, so then I like the ice and today was icy,” Brignone said. “So, I just tried my best really to make every turn after every turn, but in the second run, I felt awful and then, I don’t know if you saw me, but I crossed the finish line and said, ‘No, no. It’s never gonna work.’ And then I saw one, and it was amazing. It was incredible.”
Her winning margin, which was just over half a second, surprised Brignone, but her competition knew she was skiing well. The lone Frenchwoman in the top 30 was happy with second place behind the Italian.
“It’s another podium,” Worley said. “It’s another second place, and Federica really skied so well this last part, and I had a tough time over there, but I mean I fight it ‘til the end and it was totally worth it, so happy with second place.”
Rounding out the podium in third was Bassino, who has podiumed at Soelden before just like Brignone, but doing it in Italy, in front of a home crowd, is a bit more special.
“It’s a dream in Italy with all these people,” Bassino shared. “It’s amazing.”
Worley continues to lead the giant slalom standings with 580 points. American Mikaela Shiffrin, who skied to fifth in Kronplatz, sits in second position with 460 points.
“I had a big struggle with my grip today, and it was really, really bizarre because I’ve never had that kind of feeling where I wasn’t confident standing on my edges, and we used the same setup and the same tuning that really works on this kind of snow, and for some reason, today it was really, really off from the first gate,” Shiffrins said. “So, second run was a bit better, a bit more trusting, but still a bit of a struggle, so I’m happy with a fifth place.”
In the overall standings, Shiffrin continues to hold the lead over Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who finished in fourth place on Tuesday. The American has 1053 points while Gut has 923.
Among the rest of the top 10, there were a few other notable performances. Bernadette Schild of Austria moved from bib 42 to sixth place while Switzerland’s Camille Rast skied from bib 44 to ninth place.
Aside from Shiffrin, independent athlete Megan McJames was the only other American to push out of the start. She did not qualify for a second run.
Women’s action continues next in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, with speed races.
- Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
- Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
- Marta Bassino (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
- Lara Gut (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
- Sara Hector (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
- Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
- Irene Curtoni (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
- Camille Rast (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
- Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli / Lange / Marker
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time||Diff.||FIS Points||WC Points|
|Did not qualify for 2nd run|
|57||35079||SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen||1982||ARG|
|33||425921||HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten||1992||NOR|
|Did not finish 2nd run|
|21||197319||BAUD MUGNIER Adeline||1992||FRA|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|63||465092||CIOCANEL Raluca Georgiana||1996||ROU|
|61||35089||SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena||1984||ARG|
|24||197124||FRASSE SOMBET Coralie||1991||FRA|