While the men takes a break and prepare for next week’s final in Aspen, the women takes center stage in sunny Squaw Valley. Current leader of the World Cup in Great Slalom, Tessa Worley (FRA), could secure the overall win this weekend, whereas current runner-up in the competition, Michaea Shiffrin would need nothing short of a victory, and that Worley finished no closer than third or worse.
The first runs only upset was the chrash of runners-up in the overall World Cup standing, Ilca Stuhec. Stuhec missed a gate on the first half of the slope, and thus never made it to the 2nd run. If Shiffrin knew this is unknown, but with a start right after Stuhec, she managed to get 1st place after 1st run. Shiffrin took the lead by 0.20 sec to Worley, where Italian Marta Bassino trailed with yet another 0.35 sec. The stage was set for Shiffrin to conquer yet another win before the 2nd run.
As the first 28 contestants trailed on their way during the 2nd run, it became clear that the above zero degrees would be of little help to the late starters. Sofia Brignone, who was 0.99 after Shiffrin in the first run, did a fastest run of the day with 1:06.75 in the second run. It was clear that Worley struggled somewhat in the increasingly heavy snow, and her 2nd run time of 1:08.33 was over 1.5sec slower than Brignone, and only just enough to secure 3rd place. Shiffrin had on the other hand almost a second to give compared to Brignone, but halfway the advantage had vanished. Brought forward by the many cheers of the home crowd Shiffrin went all in on the last 3rd of the slope, just enough to secure 1st place with a margin of 0.07 seconds to Brignone.
Acknowledging her luck, Shiffrin explained after the race, “I’ve skied this hill before and I’m really lucky, a lot of the girls I’m competing against have not. But I just knew that no matter what hill I’m skiing on, I have to attack like crazy,” Shiffrin said. “All of these girls are going for wins, and I’m so happy with how that went today.”
Brignone who take care of the fastest run time in her 2nd run, explained her very straightforward strategy after the win.
“I was really pissed. So I said second run, ‘Go hard or go home.’ I was hoping to beat Mikaela for a second, but then I saw she was skiing really, really good. But in front of all of these people, it is amazing”.
One race in Giant Slalom remains on the 19th March in Aspen. This is by chance also the last race of the entire female season, and standings are Worley, with 640, Shiffrin with 560 and injured Lara Gutt takes 3rd with 360. Tessa Worley can claim the World Cup title in Giant Slalom in Aspen, by finishing no worse than 12th place.
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