On a steep, icy course that tested the best GS skiers in the world, France’s Tessa Worley skied two outstanding runs to take the 2013 World Championships in Schladming Thursday.
Worley was first out a the gate in the morning run, which saw a clear advantage for the early racers, as the course quickly became sliced up and chattery. The afternoon was warmer, sunnier, slightly less icy and a more rhythmic set.
“I was pretty happy with the conditions,” said Worley. “Waking up this morning, I knew it was going to be a good race. It was going to be good for me. I just wanted to ski fast, not to push too much and you can very quickly do big mistakes on this kind of slope.”
Worley, who was then last to kick out in her second run down the Planai course, was able match the intensity of Tina Maze, who currently leads the World Cup giant slalom standings. The Slovenian was disappointed with her first-run performance — she finished fourth — and brought a little more aggressiveness to her second effort. After destroying the final 15 gates of the race, it looked as though Maze might be able to hang on for the win, fending off the Austrians Anna Fenninger and Kathrin Zettel. But Worley was able to fight through a couple small mistakes to secure a decisive 1.12-second margin of victory.
Anna Fenninger, who was reportedly struggling with the host-nation pressure and actually left town for a couple days to get away from the scene, was ultimately knocked back to third. Zettel, second after the first run, gradually lost time on then-leader Maze throughout her second effort to slip off the podium in disappointing fashion.
For American Mikaela Shiffrin, it was an all-around outstanding day on the hill. Unaided by a favorable first-run start position, the 17-year-old competing in her first World Championships may have skied a bit too passively on the top part of the second run, but she was able to make up time on the steep lower half.
“I had really good training and a lot of confidence going into the race,” said Shiffrin. “In the end, it was just me and my skis and red and blue gates. … I always want more, so that’s not anything completely new. I felt like I skied really well on the bottom and just kind of solid up top, like I could have been faster. There were things I could have done better. “
Julia Mancuso also made the start for the American team. “It’s not my day,” she said in the finish coral. She was clean, but not quick enough to crack into the top 20.
“[The conditions] were pretty good actually in some places,” said Mancuso. “It’s really grippy. … Definitely not slick. It’s super compact. I’d say hardest and most perfect slopes we’ve had this year and that makes the steepness a little easier to tolerate.
“GS was disappointing, but it’s hard to get a complete confident feeling when you’re skiing all events and I’ve struggled a lot with my equipment, getting it perfect and changing technicians. For me in GS, I need to have more confidence.”
Story by Geoff Mintz
Photos by GEPA
by Hank McKee
Women’s World Championship Giant Slalom, Schladming, Austria, Feb. 14, 2013.
1 Worley, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
3 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
4 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
10 Drev, Voelkl/Lange/Marker
Women’s World Championship Giant Slalom, Schladming, Austria, Feb. 14, 2013. … It is the seventh of 11 events (including the team event) scheduled for this event. … the first of the women’s technical races. … It is the 47th championship GS. … The 23rd for women. … Tina Maze is the defending champion.
It is the second career World Championship medal for Tessa Worley who also won bronze in GS at Garmisch (2011). … It is the fourth medal of the championships for France and the first in GS since Carol Merle at Morioka-Shizukuishi in 1993. … It is the fourth podium result for Worley this season.
It is the sixth career World Championship medal for Tina Maze and her third of these championships having previously won the super G and silver medal in combined. … She also owns two Olympic silver medals. … It is her 20th podium result of the season.
It is the second career World Championship medal for Anna Fenninger. … She previously won gold in combined at Garmisch. … It is her seventh podium result of the season and fourth third place finish.
It is the first career World Championship placing for Mikaela Shiffrin. … her seventh top six of the season. … It is a career best World Championship result for Marie-Michele Gagnon and matches her second best result of the season. … It is the sixth best GS finish for a Canadian woman in a World Championship event. … It is the 19th career World Championship result for Julia Mancuso. … It is the fourth career World Championship result for Marie-Pier Prefontaine and matches her finish from the super G earlier in the week.
FRA – 4 – (gold, gold, silver, bronze)
AUT – 4 – (gold, bronze, bronze, bronze)
USA – 3 – (gold, gold, bronze)
SLO – 3 – (gold, silver, silver)
GER – 3 – (gold, bronze, bronze)
NOR – 2 – (gold, bronze)
ITA – 2 – (silver, silver)
CRO – 1 – (silver)
SWE – 1 – (silver)
FIS World Ski Championships
Ladies’ Giant Slalom
|Rank||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time|
|29||GASIENICA DANIEL Agnieszka||1987||POL||1:09.34||1:05.47||2:14.81|
|30||SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth||1991||NOR||1:09.66||1:05.44||2:15.10|
|34||GASIENICA DANIEL Maryna||1994||POL||1:10.47||1:05.82||2:16.29|
|43||SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen||1982||ARG||1:11.85||1:08.33||2:20.18|
|Disqualified 2nd run|
|Disqualified 1st run|
|OETTL REYES Ornella||1991||PER|
|SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena||1984||ARG|
|Did not start 2nd run|
|RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina||1981||SPA|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not qualify for 2nd run|
|LEMGART Charlotte Techen||1993||DAN|
|VAN BUYNDER Isabel||1991||BEL|
|VILHJALMSDOTTIR Helga Maria||1995||ISL|
|Did not finish 2nd run|
|Did not finish 1st run|