For the first time in nearly four decades, a Vermont ski resort hosted the best in the world on Saturday.  Mikaela Shiffrin described the slope as “a mix between Maribor and Jasna,” noting that the weather of Saturday’s giant slalom was a lot like the Slovakian race last season with limited visibility. While Shiffrin did not earn a spot on the podium, the 16,000 fans in attendance certainly didn’t miss out on any excitement. Tessa Worley stole the show, earning her first World Cup win since suffering from a knee injury nearly three years ago. 

“It’s been long,” Worley said. “Physically I could feel well. In less than a year after my injury, I felt..physically 100 percent. The tough part was to get the spirit back of the racing and to be able to give everything.”

The Frenchwoman had been within striking distance in Soelden, earning sixth place, but Vermont was where she really found her rhythm. Her win at Killington puts her at the top of the giant slalom rankings with 140 World Cup points ahead of Shiffrin with 125 points.

Right behind her on the podium was Nina Loeseth, a Norwegian tech skier, who matched her career-best giant slalom result, finishing in second place. The Attacking Viking was 0.80 seconds off of the winning pace.

“I didn’t think it was going to be enough even for a podium and thought I was for sure four seconds off,” Loeseth shared. “I had a few mistakes, but I think everybody did. Everybody felt really bad. I ski on feeling, so I always like to feel good, but sometimes you just have to leave the feelings in the start and just go.”

Rounding out the podium was a member of the powerful Italian squad, Sofia Goggia. The Italian earned her first-ever World Cup podium.

“I’m really happy because on the first run I didn’t ski that well, and it was pretty unexpected to podium today,” Goggia said. “I really wanted to ski as fast as I could second run and I actually did…For me, it’s great to do my first podium here in America because I really like America–east coast, west coast, the whole USA.”

Four of Goggia’s teammates–Marta Bassino, Francesca Marsaglia, Federica Brignone and Irene Curtoni–joined her in the top 10, finishing fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

“I think we are the strongest team in giant slalom, actually, on the World Cup because we were nine girls and just the youngest one did not qualify for the second (run),” said Goggia of the Italian dominance.

Noticeably missing from the results was Swiss skier Lara Gut, who did not finish first run, but perhaps described the bumpy conditions of the day best.

“We have seen better races, but you can see it’s an outdoor sport and it’s so warm,” she explained after failing to finish the first run. “It’s so wet, so it’s normal that it looks like that.”

Last year’s Overall World Cup globe winner did say she was excited to see the East Coast enthusiasm for ski racing.

“Usually when we are in the USA, there’s not so many people coming to watch the races,” she explained. “Here it’s amazing. So many people and I was surprised. Yesterday, I had an autograph session. So many kids came around, so many people recognizing me. I feel that people are happy that I was here, so that was cool.”

Shiffrin lead the U.S. women, earning fifth place. American athletes Resi Stiegler, Megan McJames and World Cup newcomer Nina O’Brien did not qualify for a second run. Teammates Patricia Mangan, who made her World Cup debut on Saturday, and Alice Merryweather were bested by the tough conditions and did not finish first run.

Canadians Valerie Grenier and Candace Crawford finished in 24th and 27th respectively. Mikaela Tommy did not qualify for a second run, and veteran Marie-Michele Gagnon did not finish.

Shiffrin was feeling optimistic about the slalom race and the slope at the end of the day.

“With slalom, I feel like every hill plays to my strengths,” she shared. “It’s just about doing my best to put my training skiing out there. I mean I’ve been training well and even a lot better than I skied in Levi, so I’ll be very disappointed if I can’t put that skiing out there.”

Action continues on Sunday with the women’s slalom at Killington.


Top 10 

  1. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  2. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Marta Bassino (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
  5. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  6. Ana Drev (SLO) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  7. Francesca Marsaglia – Francesca Marsaglia (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  8. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  9. Irene Curtoni (ITA) – Rossignol / Lange / Rossignol
  10. Adeline Baud Mugnier (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  8  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  59.56  59.70  1:59.26  0.00
 2  1  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  59.47  1:00.59  2:00.06  +0.80  6.57
 3  19  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:01.44  58.93  2:00.37  +1.11  9.12
 4  5  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:00.50  59.89  2:00.39  +1.13  9.29
 5  10  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:00.62  59.88  2:00.50  +1.24  10.19
 6  6  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:00.56  1:00.10  2:00.66  +1.40  11.50
 7  22  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:01.43  59.57  2:01.00  +1.74  14.30
 8  3  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:00.11  1:01.07  2:01.18  +1.92  15.78
 9  20  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  1:01.38  59.92  2:01.30  +2.04  16.76
 10  21  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:01.84  59.57  2:01.41  +2.15  17.67
 11  23  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:01.73  59.85  2:01.58  +2.32  19.06
 12  7  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:01.14  1:00.56  2:01.70  +2.44  20.05
 13  28  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  1:02.32  59.43  2:01.75  +2.49  20.46
 14  11  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:01.00  1:01.06  2:02.06  +2.80  23.01
 15  26  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  1:02.59  59.51  2:02.10  +2.84  23.34
 16  24  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:01.80  1:00.31  2:02.11  +2.85  23.42
 16  12  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:01.58  1:00.53  2:02.11  +2.85  23.42
 18  17  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:02.64  59.49  2:02.13  +2.87  23.58
 19  2  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:00.47  1:01.94  2:02.41  +3.15  25.88
 20  15  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  1:02.92  59.62  2:02.54  +3.28  26.95
 21  38  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR  1:03.12  59.71  2:02.83  +3.57  29.34
 22  29  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:02.98  1:00.04  2:03.02  +3.76  30.90
 23  16  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:02.97  1:00.10  2:03.07  +3.81  31.31
 24  40  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  1:03.72  59.70  2:03.42  +4.16  34.18
 25  27  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  1:02.90  1:00.69  2:03.59  +4.33  35.58
 26  31  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN  1:03.72  1:00.84  2:04.56  +5.30  43.55
 27  37  107387 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN  1:03.72  1:03.01  2:06.73  +7.47  61.38
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 61  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE
 59  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA
 56  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT
 55  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR
 54  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO
 53  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI
 51  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA
 50  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE
 48  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED
 47  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT
 46  197215 MASSIOS Marie 1992 FRA
 45  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 43  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER
 41  299624 PIROVANO Laura 1997 ITA
 36  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
 34  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA
 33  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO
 32  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA
Did not finish 2nd run
 42  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI
 18  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 9  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN
Did not finish 1st run
 60  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO
 58  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA
 57  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA
 52  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 49  56199 KAPPAURER Elisabeth 1994 AUT
 44  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT
 39  485731 ROMANOVA Anastasia 1993 RUS
 35  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
 30  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO
 25  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA
 14  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE
 13  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA
 4  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI

 

 

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