Worley wins St. Moritz giant slalom

15 December 2013 14:26
Tessa Worley in action
Tessa Worley in action -
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ST MORITZ, Switzerland – France’s Tessa Worley hung on for the victory over Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby in today’s giant slalom by 0.37 seconds. Slovenia’s Tina Maze ended her podium frustration, ending in third place, 0.79 seconds off Worley’s pace.

The win was Worley’s first victory since February 2012 when she won the giant slalom in Andorra. She now has eight total victories in the giant slalom and 13 podiums in the event. In St. Moritz, it was Worley’s third-ever podium. Last year, the French native took third place and she won the race in 2010.

“Winning today is a relief, it feels so good”, said the skier from Grand-Bornand. “I gives me some confidence going into next weeks' races in France. I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be able to ski with less pressure now and give it all on the course.”

Worley was the fastest down the hill in the first run, so all eyes were her as she came down as the last skier in the grand finale. Her lead from the first run, coupled with a clean second run was enough to push her to the victory.

Lindell-Vikarby picked up her second podium of the season and her second straight in giant slalom. The Swede also won in Beaver Creek and vastly improved on her previous best finish in St. Moritz of 23rd place.

Last year’s overall World Cup winner, Tina Maze, earned only her second podium of the season and her first in the giant slalom. The last time Maze won a giant slalom was last year’s season-end race in Lenzerheide. After a sluggish start to the season, Maze is currently in fifth place in the overall World Cup standings.

"I am happy that I skied the second run so well," said Maze after the race. "It hasn't been easy early in the season with a lot of small mistakes, but you can always learn from mistakes. The season started with a lot of pressure and I had to find my self trust."

It was near perfect conditions for today’s giant slalom. Bright blue skies and hard snow greeted the skiers. Despite the conditions, the snow proved to be quite tricky, especially in the first run where nearly one-third of the field finished with a DNF.

Among the bigger names that ended their day on the first run: Switzerland’s Lara Gut, American Mikeala Shriffrin, Austria’s Elisabeth Georgl and yesterday’s winner, Tina Weirather (LIE).

It was the third giant slalom of the season and now the World Cup standings are starting to take shape in the event: Lindell-Vikarby (212 points) leads the pack in the event. She is followed by Zettel (146 points) and Worley (139 points).

The top three in the overall World Cup standings are: Gut (482 points), Maria Hoefl-Riesch (461 points) and Weirather (445 points)

Here are the full results of the day.