SOELDEN,AUSTRIA,24.OCT.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup season opening, Rettenbachferner, giant slalom, ladies. Image shows Federica Brignone (ITA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

SOELDEN, Austria – Italian skier Federica Brignone wasted no time taking the lead in the opening run of the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race of the season on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden. Starting with bib 2 on a noticeably icy track, Brignone appeared relaxed but confident on course, overtaking first starter Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 2.96 seconds, a margin all other races would struggle to match.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin, the defending Soelden champion from last season, came closest to Brignone at 0.95 seconds back. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather sits nearly a half second behind Shiffrin and 1.42 seconds from the leader heading into the second run.

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Canadian skier Marie-Pier Prefontaine finished the first run in 10th and her teammate Marie-Michele Gagnon qualified for the second run in 27th. Independent American skier Megan McJames finished the first run in 48th, failing to qualify for the second run.


Unofficial First Run Results

 1 2 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:10.11 1:10.11
 2 5 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:11.06 1:11.06 +0.95
 3 7 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:11.53 1:11.53 +1.42
 4 16 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:11.62 1:11.62 +1.51
 5 6 506399HECTOR Sara1992SWE 1:11.64 1:11.64 +1.53
 6 9 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA 1:12.03 1:12.03 +1.92
 7 15 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:12.19 1:12.19 +2.08
 8 13 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:12.38 1:12.38 +2.27
 9 4 55898BREM Eva-Maria1988AUT 1:12.41 1:12.41 +2.30
 10 8 106825PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier1988CAN 1:12.74 1:12.74 +2.63
 11 3 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:12.86 1:12.86 +2.75
 12 1 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:13.07 1:13.07 +2.96
 13 42 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 1:13.18 1:13.18 +3.07
 14 20 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA 1:13.22 1:13.22 +3.11
 15 23 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:13.29 1:13.29 +3.18
 16 14 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 1:13.32 1:13.32 +3.21
 17 17 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 1:13.37 1:13.37 +3.26
 18 22 298124AGNELLI Nicole1992ITA 1:13.41 1:13.41 +3.30
 19 11 505760PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria1986SWE 1:13.43 1:13.43 +3.32
 20 10 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 1:13.47 1:13.47 +3.36
 21 28 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:13.60 1:13.60 +3.49
 22 49 516394SUTER Jasmina1995SUI 1:13.68 1:13.68 +3.57
 23 34 225525TILLEY Alexandra1993GBR 1:13.89 1:13.89 +3.78
 23 31 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA 1:13.89 1:13.89 +3.78
 25 12 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 1:14.08 1:14.08 +3.97
 26 30 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN 1:14.20 1:14.20 +4.09
 27 24 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:14.34 1:14.34 +4.23
 28 38 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:14.37 1:14.37 +4.26
 29 25 565331LAVTAR Katarina1988SLO 1:14.41 1:14.41 +4.30
 30 26 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:14.43 1:14.43 +4.32
 31 44 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA 1:14.49 1:14.49 +4.38
 32 36 107387CRAWFORD Candace1994CAN 1:14.50 1:14.50 +4.39
 33 51 56199KAPPAURER Elisabeth1994AUT 1:14.52 1:14.52 +4.41
 34 45 425880SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth1991NOR 1:14.87 1:14.87 +4.76
 35 39 155699PAULATHOVA Katerina1993CZE 1:15.00 1:15.00 +4.89
 36 46 206444HOESL Simona1992GER 1:15.33 1:15.33 +5.22
 37 47 506664FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena1995SWE 1:15.38 1:15.38 +5.27
 38 54 506350EKLUND Nathalie1992SWE 1:15.61 1:15.61 +5.50
 39 41 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT 1:15.74 1:15.74 +5.63
 40 52 307493ANDO Asa1996JPN 1:15.81 1:15.81 +5.70
 41 40 206355DUERR Lena1991GER 1:15.90 1:15.90 +5.79
 42 63 516334CHABLE Charlotte1994SUI 1:16.05 1:16.05 +5.94
 43 27 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 1:16.11 1:16.11 +6.00
 44 61 206408WEINBUCHNER Susanne1991GER 1:16.36 1:16.36 +6.25
 45 43 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:16.70 1:16.70 +6.59
 46 56 197215MASSIOS Marie1992FRA 1:17.06 1:17.06 +6.95
 47 67 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO 1:17.14 1:17.14 +7.03
 48 50 538284MCJAMES Megan1987USA 1:17.24 1:17.24 +7.13
 49 60 485563PROSTEVA Elena1990RUS 1:17.71 1:17.71 +7.60
 50 70 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR 1:18.14 1:18.14 +8.03
 51 62 536481SCHLEPER Sarah1979MEX 1:19.54 1:19.54 +9.43
 52 66 405138JELINKOVA Adriana1995NED 1:19.95 1:19.95 +9.84
 53 69 155503KLICNAROVA Pavla1988CZE 1:22.56 1:22.56 +12.45