It was blizzard conditions on Wednesday for the second women’s World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, as American Mikaela Shiffrin powered through the falling snow to take her second victory in as many days with a combined time of 2:09.40 seconds. France’s Tessa Worley finished in second place for the second day in a row, 0.15 seconds back, and Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg made her return to the GS podium in third, 0.18 seconds off the pace.

Constant snowfall throughout the day provided a challenge for course crews fighting to keep the race line clear of snow. Despite the challenging conditions that forced the lights, which are usually used for night skiing, to be turned on all day, racing was quite tight for the second day in a row as only 2.21 seconds separated the top-30 racers after the first run. Shiffrin set the pace with bib seven with Rebensburg and Worley in hot pursuit in second and third, respectively.

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SEMMERING, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2016 in Semmering, Austria (Photo by Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom)

Snowfall and visibility continued to worsen for the second run. The standings were shaken up as several racers with early start numbers took advantage of the situation and made big jumps in the standings. Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon leapt from 23rd to seventh place with the fastest second run time and France’s Coralie Frasse Sombet jumped from 30th to 11th place. Worley and Rebensburg swapped their first run positions as mere hundredths of a second were separating racers at the top of the standings. Shiffrin managed to ski with conviction through the heavy snowfall and hung on to her first run advantage, crossing the finish with a slim 0.15 second margin of victory.

“It was a big fight,” Shiffrin explained in the finish. “There’s so much snow coming down. I could feel my skis in the track speeding up and kind of coming out and slowing down, so I was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good, it’s gotta be slow.’ So I kept fighting and fighting. It was cool. It’s two victories, but in the same place. It’d be nice to repeat it at a new venue, but it’s definitely nice to feel like I can ski free for four runs in a row.”

Worley now leads the giant slalom standings by 35 points over Shiffrin and had to fight harder than she might have felt comfortable doing in the bad visibility, but was satisfied nonetheless with another podium appearance.

“It was really, really tough,” Worley explained. “I wasn’t controlling anything, I was just trying to go down and stay on my feet and I was pretty surprised that I lit the green light at the end. Happy with the second podium but really disappointed with the conditions today. It was really tough. I couldn’t push as hard as I would have done if the visibility would have been better, but you still have to push even though you don’t control anything.”

For Rebensburg, Wednesday marks her first podium appearance since winning the final GS of last season in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Rebensburg suffered an undisplaced tibial fracture in early October and has been working to return to form ever since.

“It was for sure really important,” she said of her result. “I was fighting hard after my injury to find my way back, and we kept working pretty hard and now I think it’s kind of the result, but it’s not actually where I want to be because I want to be on top again, but for sure it’s a good start.”

Day two in Semmering was not any easier for Americans Megan McJames and Resi Stiegler as both failed to qualify for the second run.

After a spectacular crash in Tuesday’s race, Sweden’s Maria Pietilae-Holmner underwent an MRI that revealed partially damaged ligaments as well as a small bone bruise. Although her diagnosis is not as bad as was initially feared and will not require surgery, the Swede is expected miss six to eight weeks before she can get back on skis.

The women finish their series in Semmering with 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. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli/Lange/Marker
  4. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  6. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  8. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
  9. Federica Brignnone (ITA) – Rossignol/Lange/Look
  10. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 6 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:00.84 1:08.56 2:09.40 0.00
 2 4 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:00.94 1:08.61 2:09.55 +0.15 1.14
 3 2 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:00.92 1:08.66 2:09.58 +0.18 1.36
 4 24 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:01.75 1:07.88 2:09.63 +0.23 1.74
 5 8 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT 1:01.44 1:08.34 2:09.78 +0.38 2.88
 6 7 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:01.55 1:08.42 2:09.97 +0.57 4.32
 7 17 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:02.63 1:07.36 2:09.99 +0.59 4.47
 8 9 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 1:01.45 1:08.89 2:10.34 +0.94 7.12
 9 5 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:01.07 1:09.29 2:10.36 +0.96 7.27
 10 30 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 1:01.72 1:08.68 2:10.40 +1.00 7.57
 11 28 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA 1:03.05 1:07.59 2:10.64 +1.24 9.39
 12 11 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 1:02.25 1:08.54 2:10.79 +1.39 10.53
 13 25 705423VLHOVA Petra1995SVK 1:01.64 1:09.18 2:10.82 +1.42 10.75
 14 12 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:02.54 1:08.37 2:10.91 +1.51 11.44
 15 20 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:02.41 1:08.51 2:10.92 +1.52 11.51
 16 10 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 1:01.87 1:09.31 2:11.18 +1.78 13.48
 17 40 426187LYSDAHL Kristin1996NOR 1:02.75 1:08.49 2:11.24 +1.84 13.94
 18 27 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:02.19 1:09.13 2:11.32 +1.92 14.54
 19 26 516268WILD Simone1993SUI 1:03.00 1:08.38 2:11.38 +1.98 15.00
 20 21 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA 1:01.90 1:09.67 2:11.57 +2.17 16.43
 21 22 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:02.25 1:09.39 2:11.64 +2.24 16.96
 22 32 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:03.03 1:08.66 2:11.69 +2.29 17.34
 23 29 56315TRUPPE Katharina1996AUT 1:02.88 1:08.87 2:11.75 +2.35 17.80
 24 3 565268DREV Ana1985SLO 1:01.97 1:10.02 2:11.99 +2.59 19.62
 25 14 55947VEITH Anna1989AUT 1:02.79 1:09.29 2:12.08 +2.68 20.30
 26 1 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:02.10 1:10.14 2:12.24 +2.84 21.51
 27 18 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:02.86 1:09.65 2:12.51 +3.11 23.55
 28 19 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:02.51 1:11.33 2:13.84 +4.44 33.63
Did not start 1st run
 62 385096POPOVIC Leona1997CRO
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 64 506341WIKSTROEM Emelie1992SWE
 63 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR
 61 315187IGNJATOVIC Nevena1990SRB
 60 555018GASUNA Lelde1990LAT
 59 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL
 57 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI
 56 485926KRYUKOVA Kristina1997RUS
 55 155699PAULATHOVA Katerina1993CZE
 54 206487WIESLER Maren1993GER
 53 516562RAST Camille1999SUI
 52 56199KAPPAURER Elisabeth1994AUT
 51 197651DIREZ Clara1995FRA
 50 197616ALPHAND Estelle1995FRA
 49 405138JELINKOVA Adriana1995NED
 48 56032SCHILD Bernadette1990AUT
 47 307255ISHIKAWA Haruna1994JPN
 46 516407KASPER Vanessa1996SUI
 45 197215MASSIOS Marie1992FRA
 44 56241SCHNEEBERGER Rosina1994AUT
 43 206355DUERR Lena1991GER
 42 299624PIROVANO Laura1997ITA
 41 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN
 39 307493ANDO Asa1996JPN
 38 565373ROBNIK Tina1991SLO
 37 225525TILLEY Alexandra1993GBR
 36 537772STIEGLER Resi1985USA
 35 565331LAVTAR Katarina1988SLO
 34 538284MCJAMES Megan1987USA
 31 516528MEILLARD Melanie1998SUI
 16 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE
Did not finish 2nd run
 23 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA
 13 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 58 56367GALLHUBER Katharina1997AUT
 33 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN
 15 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA