True Local Mikaela Shiffrin added to her World Cup point standings lead while taking home 2nd place in the Ladies Giant Slalom at the World Championships in St. Moritz. With the silver, Shiffrin also earned her third individual World Championship medal adding to her two gold medals from the slalom in Beaver Creek in 2015 and Schladming in 2013.
France’s Tessa Worley claimed her second gold medal at these championships when she won today’s giant slalom.
Worley won a clear 0.34 seconds ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin, who took silver, and Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who claimed bronze 0.74 seconds behind the winning time.
It was smiles all around for the top three as Worley earned her third individual career World Championship medal, adding to her collection of a previous gold and bronze. Worley was also on the French Team that took gold at the nations team event on Tuesday, bringing her total medal count to four.
“Incredible,” said Worley after her victory. “I worked hard all year and had to stay patient. But I knew today could be my day if I gave my best and I was focused completely on winning the gold.”
With the silver, Shiffrin also earned her third individual World Championship medal adding to her two gold medals from the slalom in Beaver Creek in 2015 and Schladming in 2013.
“Tessa deserves winning this, she’s done so well all season,” said Shiffrin. “She had such a big lead after the first run that I knew it would be tough to top. For a bit I thought I had done enough, but it was clear that she was the best today and deserves the gold medal.”
Perhaps none of the three was happier than Sofia Goggia, who not only earned her first career World Championship medal but also Italy’s first medal of these World Championships. It was also atonement for Goggia, who finished in fourth place twice in her career at World Championships, including this year’s downhill. As she celebrated in the finish area she simply said, “Finally!”
“It’s a great way to end my World Championships,” said Goggia. “The speed events were really disappointing for me and I knew today was my last chance to come home with a medal.”
The Italians broke their World Championship silence convincingly today, placing three racers inside the top six.
Big margins separated the athletes after the first run. Tessa Worley (FRA) held a 0.48 advantage over Goggia (ITA) and Shiffrin (USA) was 0.72 seconds off the pace. The rest of the field trailed the top time by more than one second. The top three times endured through the second run with only Shiffrin and Goggia changing places.
A massive field started today’s race with 98 athletes at the start. It was also a record for a ladies’ giant slalom with 56 different nations participating, putting the word ‘world’ into the World Championships.
Tomorrow, the men are in action with their chance at the giant slalom. The first run is scheduled for 9:45 CET and the second run at 13:00.