The competitive conditions for the FIS Alpine Women’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden, changed before a single athlete pushed out of the starting gate for the first run on Saturday. 

U.S. Ski Team standout Mikaela Shiffrin pulled out of the race with a possible right knee injury sustained during the morning warmup. While freeskiing on the race slope prior to the start, Shiffrin fell and slid into the protective netting. She was taken to the hospital in Oestersund for further evaluation, and official details will be released pending an MRI this afternoon.

Mother Nature had alternative plans for the day as well. High winds forced race officials to push the start down to the reserve location – eliminating several gates from the course – as well as causing a 15-minute delay.

Things didn’t bode well for the home team early on when Sara Hector, bib 1, was taken off the hill in a sled after appearing to tweak her left knee and skiing off the course. However, teammate Frida Hansdotter was able to capitalize on the home field advantage to move into second place – sitting 0.33 seconds behind the U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn. From start position 16, Vonn skied a fast and clean run to cross the finish line with the lead as she threw her fist into the air. 

“I’m really happy with my first run,” Vonn, who won the 2012 Are World Cup, told reporters in the finish area. “I have a lot of confidence coming into this race from Lake Louise. I just gave it everything I had. I tried to arc, and I’m happy that I was fast.”

Austrian Eva-Maria Brem is 0.35 off of Vonn in third place, and GS leader Frederica Brignone of Italy sits sixth – 0.69 from the top spot.


Unofficial Results

 1  16  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:03.29  1:03.29
 2  13  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:03.62  1:03.62  +0.33
 3  6  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  1:03.64  1:03.64  +0.35
 4  8  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  1:03.70  1:03.70  +0.41
 5  10  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:03.79  1:03.79  +0.50
 6  3  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:03.98  1:03.98  +0.69
 7  26  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:04.09  1:04.09  +0.80
 8  21  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:04.13  1:04.13  +0.84
 9  11  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  1:04.18  1:04.18  +0.89
 10  19  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:04.40  1:04.40  +1.11
 11  20  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:04.41  1:04.41  +1.12
 12  15  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:04.60  1:04.60  +1.31
 13  2  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:04.67  1:04.67  +1.38
 14  7  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:04.68  1:04.68  +1.39
 15  45  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  1:04.73  1:04.73  +1.44
 16  9  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:04.86  1:04.86  +1.57
 17  28  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:04.89  1:04.89  +1.60
 18  23  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  1:04.93  1:04.93  +1.64
 18  12  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  1:04.93  1:04.93  +1.64
 20  27  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:04.98  1:04.98  +1.69
 21  53  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO  1:05.15  1:05.15  +1.86
 21  24  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone 1988 FRA  1:05.15  1:05.15  +1.86
 23  14  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  1:05.20  1:05.20  +1.91
 24  17  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN  1:05.28  1:05.28  +1.99
 25  42  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:05.29  1:05.29  +2.00
 25  38  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:05.29  1:05.29  +2.00
 27  29  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:05.47  1:05.47  +2.18
 28  43  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA  1:05.53  1:05.53  +2.24
 29  49  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  1:05.55  1:05.55  +2.26
 30  51  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE  1:05.63  1:05.63  +2.34
 31  52  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  1:05.82  1:05.82  +2.53
 32  48  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT  1:05.85  1:05.85  +2.56
 33  22  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:05.88  1:05.88  +2.59
 34  33  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:05.92  1:05.92  +2.63
 35  47  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI  1:05.97  1:05.97  +2.68
 36  63  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  1:05.99  1:05.99  +2.70
 37  36  298694 PICHLER Karoline 1994 ITA  1:06.00  1:06.00  +2.71
 38  55  205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER  1:06.11  1:06.11  +2.82
 39  58  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  1:06.19  1:06.19  +2.90
 40  57  516334 CHABLE Charlotte 1994 SUI  1:06.31  1:06.31  +3.02
 41  46  206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER  1:06.39  1:06.39  +3.10
 42  59  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  1:06.51  1:06.51  +3.22
 43  41  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT  1:06.66  1:06.66  +3.37
 44  40  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  1:06.74  1:06.74  +3.45
 45  54  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA  1:06.90  1:06.90  +3.61
 46  56  435313 MAJERCZYK Sabina 1993 POL  1:07.39  1:07.39  +4.10
 47  30  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN  1:07.50  1:07.50  +4.21
 48  65  555018 GASUNA Lelde 1990 LAT  1:08.34  1:08.34  +5.05
 49  64  95050 KIRKOVA Maria 1986 BUL  1:08.59  1:08.59  +5.30
 50  62  35156 BANCORA Salome 1993 ARG  1:10.33  1:10.33  +7.04
Did not start 1st run
 5  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 61  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO
 60  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 50  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA
 44  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR
 39  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE
 37  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
 35  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE
 34  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 32  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO
 31  298124 AGNELLI Nicole 1992 ITA
 25  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE
 18  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR
 4  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA
 1  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE
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