JWSC: Sweden’s Sara Hector captures the win in the ladies giant slalom
Sara Hector of Sweden landed on the top spot of the podium in the ladies giant slalom on Wednesday, second was Italy’s Lisa Magdalena Agerer .16 seconds off the winning pace. Switzerland’s downhill silver medalist Wendy Holdener placed third, 1.17 seconds behind.
By putting down the fastest first run time, .58 seconds ahead of Agerer and .87 seconds ahead of Holdener, the 18-year-old Hector laid the foundation for her title win. The tricky course setting of the first run had many competitors struggle at the same gates. Out of the top 20 racers, less than 50 percent made it down the hill. Hector used this to her advantage and successfully defended her lead in the second run, winning by .16 seconds over Italy’s Agerer with a combined time of 2:28.27. It was Hector’s second medal at World Junior title competitions after winning bronze in slalom in Les Houches, France in 2010.
The 19-year-old Agerer , who is the current giant slalom European Cup leader, has never before podiumed at Junior World Championship competitions. Her overall run time of 2:28.43 was good for second place, edging off the two year younger Swiss skier to third by over a second.
Holdener’s third place finish with a combined time of 2:29.44 came to many as a surprise as her best discipline is slalom, which will be held on Thursday. The bronze-winning run today momentarily puts her in the lead for the combined ranking, which includes the downhill, giant slalom and slalom results. Her podium finish in a technical discipline today may also be a convincing argument to bring Holdener along to the World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen where she could gain valuable experience for future big events.
For the German but even more so for the Austrian team, the giant slalom on Wednesday did not end on a positive note. The Germans came just short off the podium with a fourth place and additionally scored a sixth and eleventh place finish whilst the Austrians only placed one single racer in the ranking. Ramona Siebenhofer was the only Austrian who finished the race in 28th position after making a serious error in the first run. All others including Jessica DePauli, Lisa-Maria Reiss, Mirjam Puchner and Lisa-Maria Zeller were DNFs.