Alpine skiing France Worley beats Shiffrin, Hector and wins giant slalom title

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup - Women's Giant Slalom
Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Cup – Women’s Giant Slalom – Courchevel, France – March 20, 2022 Sweden’s Sara Hector in action REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

March 20, 2022

(Reuters) – France’s Tessa Worley denied Mikaela Shiffrin a 13th alpine skiing crystal globe as she won the World Cup giant slalom title in the final race of the season in Meribel, France, on Sunday.

American Shiffrin, who had already clinched the overall World Cup title, was 51 points behind Sweden’s Sara Hector and 46 points behind Worley, but a scintillating first run put her on track for her second giant slalom World Cup in her after her 2019 title Career.

Shiffrin led after the opening run while Hector only managed a 13th best time while Worley finished eighth, but the American, who had an Olympiad to forget in Beijing last month, cracked in the second run.

Worley put on an excellent run, leading seven skiers from the end, but still needed to finish at least third to deny Shiffrin the title if the American finished first.

Italy’s Marta Bassino, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Italy’s Federica Brignone all outperformed Worley, meaning a Shiffrin win would mean she tops the season’s rankings.

Shiffrin started stage two cautiously with a 0.82 second lead over Brignone and was behind the Italian at half-time.

She finished 0.67 seconds back and her seventh place meant Worley took the title despite her fourth place that day.

Brignone won the race with a total time of two minutes and 14.68 seconds, 0.31 seconds ahead of Bassino with Vlhova third.

Worley has 567 points ahead of Hector’s 540 and Shiffrin’s 507.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond) Alpine skiing France Worley beats Shiffrin, Hector and wins giant slalom title


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