For France’s Tessa Worley, persistence has finally paid off. The reigning World Giant Slalom Champion took the GS in Lezerheide, Switzerland, on Saturday for her first World Cup win of the season after three second-place GS finishes since the season opener in Soelden last October.

The Frenchwoman bested Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg on the steep and challenging Lenzerheide slope by only 0.07 seconds for the win, with an unlikely newcomer joining them. 19-year-old Slovene Meta Hrovat powered her way to an impressive third place thanks to a blazing second run in the final women’s GS before the Olympics next month.

“It feels really good,” said Worley of her performace. “I’m happy about this win. I’ve been doing some good runs on the races and some not so good runs too and to be able to win a race you need to be really good and fast on the two runs and I’m really happy I managed to do this today. It was tough, it was a fight, but who doesn’t like a good fight?”

Rebensburg was able to widen her lead over Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall GS standings as Shiffrin could only manage an uncharacteristic seventh place on Saturday. Rebensburg now leads the standings with 502 points ahead of Worley’s 470 and Shiffrin’s 421.

“It was a really tough race today,” admitted the German. “It was a fight from the top to the bottom but in the end I’m pretty happy with my second run. It was tight in the end so I know without skiing brilliant today I’m there. I’m just happy that I made it to the finish because I had some parts where it was a little bit on the limit.”

Hrovat jumped 11 places in the second run to grab her first podium. Image Credit: GEPA pictures/Mario Kneisl

Hrovat’s first trip to the podium continued the roll the Slovenian women have been on in Lenzerheide as Ana Drev also cracked the top five in fifth to go with Ana Bucik’s third-place finish in Friday’s combined.

“It was a fight, but a good one!” Hrovat shared after the race. “I’m so happy. I couldn’t be happier and I was not completely satisfied with my first run so I wanted to do my best in the second run and I think I did so I’m so happy. I was shocked yesterday and I got huge motivation from (Ana’s) first podium for this race today. I wanted to race today because I know we can (be on the podium). She did it yesterday and I know we can. It’s amazing.”

The hill itself proved to be the toughest competitor as many racers fell victim in one way or another to the challenging terrain and course sets. Very steep immediately out of the start with sidehills and undulations galore until you cross the finish line, there was a lot of head shaking in the finish through both runs, even from the fastest skiers.

“You need to be able to go forward even if it’s really steep and manage to really be aggressive,” explained Worley. “That’s how I did it in the first run so I was really happy about that. In the second I did a big, big, mistake at the top and that cost me a lot but I managed to be active and get the rhythm back and that was really important, to keep fighting even though I had a mistake.”

Shiffrin’s skiing simply looked off in both runs. Not counting last week’s DNF in Kronplatz, the American found herself finishing off of a tech podium for the first time since the opening race in Soelden, where she finished fifth. With slalom on the schedule next, Shiffrin will no doubt look for redemption on Sunday. The two other American starters, Megan McJames and Nina O’Brien, did not finish the first run and did not qualify for the second run, respectively.

The women now race slalom in Lenzerheide on Sunday. Start time is scheduled for 9:30 CET.

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Top 10

1. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
2. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli/Lange
3. Meta Hrovat (SLO) – Stoeckli/Lange
4. Simone Wild (SUI) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5. Ana Drev (SLO) – Voelkl/Fischer/Marker
6. Raghnild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
7. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
9. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
9. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  2  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:05.33  1:05.48  2:10.81  0.00  100
 2  4  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:05.85  1:05.03  2:10.88  +0.07  0.52  80
 3  28  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO  1:07.41  1:04.85  2:12.26  +1.45  10.86  60
 4  25  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  1:07.04  1:05.26  2:12.30  +1.49  11.16  50
 5  8  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:07.09  1:05.31  2:12.40  +1.59  11.91  45
 6  5  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:06.64  1:06.01  2:12.65  +1.84  13.78  40
 7  6  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:06.91  1:05.87  2:12.78  +1.97  14.76  36
 8  14  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  1:07.00  1:05.90  2:12.90  +2.09  15.66  32
 9  17  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  1:07.24  1:05.70  2:12.94  +2.13  15.96  29
 9  3  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:06.58  1:06.36  2:12.94  +2.13  15.96  29
 11  7  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:07.32  1:05.69  2:13.01  +2.20  16.48  24
 12  24  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:07.47  1:05.56  2:13.03  +2.22  16.63  22
 13  29  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:07.47  1:05.60  2:13.07  +2.26  16.93  20
 14  21  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO  1:07.89  1:05.30  2:13.19  +2.38  17.83  18
 15  12  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:07.06  1:06.33  2:13.39  +2.58  19.33  16
 16  22  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  1:08.13  1:05.55  2:13.68  +2.87  21.50  15
 17  13  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  1:09.93  1:04.47  2:14.40  +3.59  26.90  14
 18  23  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 SWE  1:08.34  1:06.20  2:14.54  +3.73  27.94  13
 19  30  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin 1996 NOR  1:09.05  1:05.55  2:14.60  +3.79  28.39  12
 20  15  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:08.22  1:06.42  2:14.64  +3.83  28.69  11
 21  16  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:07.00  1:07.91  2:14.91  +4.10  30.72  10
 22  43  516562 RAST Camille 1999 SUI  1:08.94  1:06.15  2:15.09  +4.28  32.06  9
 23  38  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO  1:09.11  1:06.84  2:15.95  +5.14  38.51  8
 24  32  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN  1:08.20  1:07.79  2:15.99  +5.18  38.81  7
 25  50  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  1:09.05  1:07.37  2:16.42  +5.61  42.03  6
 26  45  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR  1:10.06  1:07.09  2:17.15  +6.34  47.50  5
 27  19  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  1:10.07  1:07.67  2:17.74  +6.93  51.92  4
Did not finish 2nd run
 49  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  1:09.27  0
 9  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:06.96  0
Disqualified 2nd run
 18  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 62  959300 PELLEGRIN Elise 1991 MLT  1:21.37  0
 61  945000 CLERC Mialitiana 2001 MAD  1:17.74  0
 58  56282 RESCH Stephanie 1995 AUT  1:10.41  0
 55  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah 1979 MEX  1:14.53  0
 54  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:11.29  0
 53  197215 MASSIOS Marie 1992 FRA  1:10.79  0
 48  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA  1:12.45  0
 47  415232 ROBINSON Alice 2001 NZL  1:10.68  0
 46  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  1:10.31  0
 44  307255 ISHIKAWA Haruna 1994 JPN  1:11.45  0
 42  485731 ROMANOVA Anastasia 1993 RUS  1:10.65  0
 37  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  1:10.66  0
 31  307493 ANDO Asa 1996 JPN  1:10.08  0
Did not finish 1st run
 59  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK  0
 57  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  0
 56  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE  0
 52  107387 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN  0
 51  56416 SCHEIB Julia 1998 AUT  0
 41  516407 KASPER Vanessa 1996 SUI  0
 40  56388 LIENSBERGER Katharina 1997 AUT  0
 39  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA  0
 36  426100 HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst 1995 NOR  0
 35  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA  0
 34  225525 TILLEY Alex 1993 GBR  0
 33  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  0
 27  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA  0
 26  56199 KAPPAURER Elisabeth 1994 AUT  0
 20  425771 HAVER-LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  0
 11  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  0
 10  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  0
 1  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  0
Did not start 1st run
 60  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG  0
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