Medal contenders for ladies' giant slalom

17 February 2011 08:59

Looking back in the history of skiing, Switzerland's Vreni Schneider is the unbeaten giant slalom specialist. With one gold medal at the Olympic Games, two golds in the World Ski Championships, 20 World Cup victories and record holder for the most World Cup wins in a season, the Swiss dominated alpine skiing in the 80’s and 90’s and still holds records in the books. Vreni Schneider has now certainly finished her career. On Thursday others will play the main role when the more technical disciplines begin at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and they will be in the hunt for the treasured giant slalom trophies.

If you believe what the statistics say, Tessa Worley is the strongest favourite for the giant slalom World Championships title. On Wednesday, she already won gold with the team in the Nations Team Event. She could double up today and also win gold in the World Ski Championships giant slalom, similar to what Elisabeth Görgl from Austria did when she captured the downhill and super G titles. Throughout the 2010/11 season, the French woman has already had three wins in this discipline.

Then there is Zwiesel World Cup winner Victoria Rebensburg, who is hot on Worley's heels. The girl from Tegernsee won the opening World Cup race in Soelden and was giant slalom Gold medalist at last year´s Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. After her flu she is back just in time for the competition.

Tina Maze (SLO), double World Champion, Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) and Tanja Poutiainen (FIN) are also favourites for the title.

Even the current World Champion Kathrin Hoelzl has a good chance to defend her title in her home World Championchips. The girl from Berchtesgaden - currently fourth in the World Cup ranking - is suffering from a mysterious rheumatism virus and feels her muscles aching after not having been able to train for the past three weeks.

Last but not least, Maria Riesch hopes to add to her medals from these World Championchips.

The ladies' giant slalom will start on Thursday on the 2.920 m long Kandahar course at “Waldeck”. The first run originally set to start 10 a.m. has been delayed by 1 hour due to fog. The new start time is 11 a.m. The second run is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


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