Tessa Worley Golden in Giant Slalom
Austria, Schladming – In the ladies’ Giant Slalom on 14th February, 21-year-old Tessa Worley from France was supreme. In two oustanding runs, she nailed gold 1.12 seconds ahead of skiing ace Tina Maze and Austria’s Anna Fenninger (+1.18 seconds).
“Fenninger and Maze showcased some super runs but Tessa Worley nailed it. She was just amazing! It’s such a hard slope but she was extremely good.”, skiing legend Anne-Marie Moser Proell said in a TV interview right after the race.
In front of 21.500 spectators enjoying blue bird skies and bright sunshine, the Giant Slalom bronze winner from Garmisch-Partenkirchen won her first gold medal in an individual event. She also clinched the 4th medal for France and moved the "Grand Nation" up to spot number one in the nations standings. "We are having a very strong team and a great atmosphere here in Schladming. I am now part of the medallists. How do I feel? Just amazing, it’s incredible. It’s been hard today. It was a very tough course and I had to concentrate on myself only, letting my skies go and not do too many mistakes. My dream has just become true. It feels great!", Worley commented.
For defending Giant Slalom champion Tina Maze it was not an easy competition: “Today was really hard for me. I didn’t race too good in the first run, my second run was amazing though. I am really appreciating this silver medal today”, she highlighted.
Austria’s medal hope Anna Fenninger raced to third position and made it the third bronze medal for her home country: “It was a very hard World Championship for me so far but I had real fun today racing the Giant Slalom. I know I am a really good skier and I am happy with my bronze medal. I knew I could do well if I just enjoy what I am doing.”
Fenninger was followed by her team mate Kathrin Zetttel who disappointingly landed on fourth position, 1.54 seconds behind the new World Champion.
With 139 racers on start, representing a total of 55 nations this Giant Slalom was one of the most diverse in the history of the World Championships. Only 60 of them could qualify for the second run. Both runs were held on the icy slope of the men’s speed events.
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