Swirling winds and flat light couldn’t put a damper on American Mikaela Shiffrin as she took a convincing win in the rescheduled Courchevel giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, on Tuesday. Shiffrin’s victory, her first in World Cup giant slalom since tying for the win in Soelden in 2014, came in a two-run time of 2:01.81 seconds, a comfortable 0.78 seconds ahead of Frenchwoman Tessa Worley in second and 1.09 seconds clear of Italy’s Manuela Moelgg in third.

Although skies were mostly clear to start the day, a slope largely in the shadows combined with inconsistent winds provided an interesting challenge for the 70 women who took on the first run. Shiffrin made the icy conditions look easy en route to setting the pace after run one with Moelgg and Worley not far behind. It was tight racing across the board as only 2.03 seconds separated the top-30 competitors after run one.

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Austrian star Anna Veith also made her much anticipated return to World Cup action after sitting out the entirety of last season and the first part of this season while she recovered from a torn ACL. Unfortunately for Veith, her skiing was not good enough to qualify for a second run with how close times were.

Weather began to move in as run two got underway, making flat light and light snowfall the name of the game. Several racers managed to take advantage of early start positions and make impressive jumps in the standings, including Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who leapt from 17th place after run one to ultimately end up just off of the podium in fourth.

Worley charged from seventh place to the runner-up spot and Moelgg hung on to her impressive first run performance to finish third when all was said and done. Shiffrin really managed to open things up in the second run, especially with how tight racing had been up until the 21-year-old took to the course. Matching the surging Worley turn-for-turn, Shiffrin held on to virtually all of her first run advantage and crossed the line for only her second career World Cup GS victory.

Shiffrin admitted she has struggled as of late in GS, letting the win slip through her fingers in Sestriere and just not having the same confidence level that she enjoys in her slalom skiing. Tuesday’s result is a step in the right direction, but according to Shiffrin, there is still work to be done.

“It’s been tough in GS for me,” Shiffrin said. “Today, I felt really good just going for it. I wasn’t trying to ski perfect. I was just trying to ski fast. It felt really nice, and I believed in myself for the first time in a GS race and that was very emotional. To win is amazing, but I don’t expect to win every GS now, I’m just trying to go with this feeling.”

Although Worley felt like her first run performance kept her from yet another GS win this season, she was content to walk away with a podium and build on her lead in the discipline standings.

“It was a tough race,” Worley said. “Icy, bumpy, everything I like. Mikaela did a great two runs. I did a bad top section on the first, so I’m really happy with second place and with my second run attacking from top to bottom.”

It was Moelgg’s first podium appearance since 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia. The 33-year-old Italian spent her Christmas holiday training with Shiffrin and has a lot of fight left in her as she looks to the remainder of the season.

“I’ve had a lot of time to come back, but I am here,” she said. “I am not the youngest, but not a bad one.”

Simmering was not as kind to the other two American Starters as Megan McJames did not qualify for run two and Resi Stiegler did not finish her first run.

In addition, Swedish athlete Marie Pietilae-Holmner, who was within striking distance of the podium after first run, took a tumble near the bottom of the second run. While she was able to walk out of the finish on her own, she has been taken to a hospital in Austria for evaluation of her right knee.

The women continue racing in Semmering with a second giant slalom on Wednesday followed by a slalom on Thursday.

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Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
  4. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Marta Bassino (ITA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  6. Ana Drev (SLO) – Voelkl/Fischer/Marker
  7. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli/Lange/Marker
  8. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  9. Raghnild Mowinkel (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  10. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol/Lange/Look

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 15 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 59.91 1:01.90 2:01.81 0.00
 2 6 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:00.71 1:01.88 2:02.59 +0.78 6.28
 3 13 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 1:00.18 1:02.72 2:02.90 +1.09 8.77
 4 5 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:01.27 1:01.78 2:03.05 +1.24 9.98
 5 12 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:00.40 1:02.97 2:03.37 +1.56 12.55
 6 2 565268DREV Ana1985SLO 1:00.87 1:02.54 2:03.41 +1.60 12.87
 7 1 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:01.60 1:01.82 2:03.42 +1.61 12.95
 8 28 705423VLHOVA Petra1995SVK 1:01.36 1:02.10 2:03.46 +1.65 13.27
 9 26 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:01.10 1:02.39 2:03.49 +1.68 13.52
 10 3 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 1:01.20 1:02.32 2:03.52 +1.71 13.76
 11 24 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA 1:00.96 1:02.60 2:03.56 +1.75 14.08
 12 4 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:01.94 1:01.68 2:03.62 +1.81 14.56
 13 20 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA 1:00.70 1:02.94 2:03.64 +1.83 14.72
 14 21 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:01.91 1:01.75 2:03.66 +1.85 14.88
 15 19 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT 1:01.03 1:02.68 2:03.71 +1.90 15.29
 16 36 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 1:01.22 1:02.57 2:03.79 +1.98 15.93
 17 10 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 1:01.01 1:02.84 2:03.85 +2.04 16.41
 18 25 516268WILD Simone1993SUI 1:01.34 1:02.59 2:03.93 +2.12 17.06
 19 23 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:01.79 1:02.27 2:04.06 +2.25 18.10
 20 18 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:01.29 1:02.78 2:04.07 +2.26 18.18
 21 27 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:01.27 1:02.84 2:04.11 +2.30 18.50
 22 30 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA 1:01.36 1:02.80 2:04.16 +2.35 18.91
 23 17 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:01.20 1:02.99 2:04.19 +2.38 19.15
 24 53 197616ALPHAND Estelle1995FRA 1:01.66 1:02.58 2:04.24 +2.43 19.55
 25 9 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 1:01.16 1:03.45 2:04.61 +2.80 22.53
 26 31 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:01.49 1:03.14 2:04.63 +2.82 22.69
 27 38 565373ROBNIK Tina1991SLO 1:01.66 1:03.40 2:05.06 +3.25 26.15
Did not start 1st run
 70 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
 67 35079SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen1982ARG
 65 35156BANCORA Salome1993ARG
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 68 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR
 66 385096POPOVIC Leona1997CRO
 64 355061HILZINGER Jessica1997GER
 63 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL
 62 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI
 61 56367GALLHUBER Katharina1997AUT
 60 425981SKJOELD Maren1993NOR
 59 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI
 58 485926KRYUKOVA Kristina1997RUS
 57 516562RAST Camille1999SUI
 56 506146SWENN-LARSSON Anna1991SWE
 55 56199KAPPAURER Elisabeth1994AUT
 54 197651DIREZ Clara1995FRA
 52 405138JELINKOVA Adriana1995NED
 51 56032SCHILD Bernadette1990AUT
 50 307255ISHIKAWA Haruna1994JPN
 49 516407KASPER Vanessa1996SUI
 48 56333MAIR Chiara1996AUT
 46 155728DUBOVSKA Martina1992CZE
 45 56241SCHNEEBERGER Rosina1994AUT
 44 206355DUERR Lena1991GER
 43 516528MEILLARD Melanie1998SUI
 42 299624PIROVANO Laura1997ITA
 40 426187LYSDAHL Kristin1996NOR
 39 307493ANDO Asa1996JPN
 37 225525TILLEY Alexandra1993GBR
 34 565331LAVTAR Katarina1988SLO
 33 538284MCJAMES Megan1987USA
 32 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN
 14 55947VEITH Anna1989AUT
Did not finish 2nd run
 29 56315TRUPPE Katharina1996AUT
 22 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA
 8 505760PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria1986SWE
Did not finish 1st run
 69 506341WIKSTROEM Emelie1992SWE
 47 197215MASSIOS Marie1992FRA
 41 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN
 35 537772STIEGLER Resi1985USA
 16 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA
 11 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA
 7 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA