Brignone Wins Last Giant Slalom, Worley Grabs The Crystal Globe
In a super exciting last race, Federica Brignone earned her first Giant Slalom win of the season. After being second in the first run, Brignone skied a solid second run to beat teammate Marta Bassino by 0.31 seconds. Petra Vlhova rounded up today's podium in third place, +0.37 seconds behind Brignone. The 31-year-old celebrated her 20th World Cup victory.
Italian women won at least one World Cup Giant Slalom event in each of the last seven seasons (2015-2016 to 2021-2022).
The tension in the battle for the Giant Slalom crystal Globe was hard to beat. Sara Hector was leading the standings ahead of Tessa Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin going into the final race. But Hector, suffering from an inner ligament injury, had to settle for 13th place in the first run and looks out of the final fight for the title (she finished today in the 14th position). Shiffrin thanks to a super clean first run was on the lead with Worley in 8th position.
Tessa Worley set the best time in the second run. But when only Shiffrin was at the starting gate, it was clear that a win would be enough for her to win the Giant Slalom world cup for the second time. The 27-year-old then looks completely tense up and stiffly to fall back to 7th place with the worst time in the second run. Worley finished in 4th place and clinched the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe. Hector was second overall with Shiffrin ending third.
It's her second World Cup title after winning the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe in the 2016-2017 season. She is also the second French female skier -Carole Merle won the discipline's title in 1991-1992 and 1992-1993-, to win two times the women's Giant Slalom globe.