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Lienz Giant Slalom and Slalom Preview

In 2019 Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the winners' path in the discipline by taking another victory on the same track where she earned her first career podium in 2013.

Mikaela Shiffrin prevailed by 1.36 seconds over Italian Marta Bassino and by 1.82 seconds over Katharina Liensberger in the Giant Slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin made it two wins in two days in Lienz, Austria, after clinching victory in Sunday's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup slalom to add to her Giant Slalom win the day before.

She put in the two fastest runs once more on Sunday to beat main slalom rival Petra Vlhova.

Michelle Gisin finished in third place.

After winning this season's opening World Cup Giant Slalom in Sölden, Mikaela Shiffrin won last week the first of two Giant Slaloms held in Courchevel bringing her total tally up to 72 wins, ranking her in third place all-time behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82). Sadly, she had a positive COVID test, and she will miss Lienz races.

After finishing second in the first Giant Slalom held in Courchevel, Sara Hector won the last World Cup Giant Slalom event on 22 December. It was her second win in a World Cup event, after a Giant Slalom victory in Kühtai on 28 December 2014.

The 29-year-old was on the podium in the World Cup five times, all in Giant Slalom.

Marta Bassino has won the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe last season. She was the only woman to win more than one World Cup Giant Slalom event in the 2020-2021 season. She claimed her victories in Sölden, Courchevel and Kranjska Gora (2). She failed to finish the first run in the season opener in Sölden and in Courchevel (1) but finished in third place in the last World Cup Giant Slalom event in Courchevel on 22 December.

Petra Vlhová finished in third place in the season opener in Sölden. She finished respectively fourth and fifth in the World Cup Giant Slalom events held in Courchevel.

The Slovakian has collected five World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom.

Petra Vlhová won the opening two slalom events in this World Cup season in Levi before finishing second in Killington. She is level with Pernilla Wiberg (both 14) in eighth place on the women's list for most World Cup slalom victories. The Slovakian can now equal Perrine Pelen (15) in seventh place.

Federica Brignone has claimed seven World Cup race victories in the Giant Slalom, including one in Lienz on 29 December 2017. Brignone could join Anna Veith (2) as the only woman who won multiple World Cup Giant Slalom events in Lienz.

Tessa Worley shares third place on the all-time women's list for most World Cup Giant Slalom wins with Anita Wachter, Tina Maze, Viktoria Rebensburg, and Lise-Marie Morerod (all 14). Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16) make up the top-two.

Worley has claimed 32 World Cup podiums in the Giant Slalom. Among women, only Schneider (46), Anita Wachter (45), and Rebensburg (34) have collected more.

Worley's only World Cup podium finish in Lienz was a third-place on 28 December 2011.

Lara Gut-Behrami, won the women's GS gold at the world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. It was her first world-level victory in this discipline since a World Cup win in Sölden on 22 October 2016. Her win in 2016 was the last World Cup Giant Slalom win by a Swiss woman.

Alice Robinson (19 years) is the first woman to claim three World Cup Giant Slalom wins before turning 20 years old since Mateja Svet in the late 1980s. She has claimed five World Cup podiums in the Giant Slalom: three wins and two second places.

Robinson can become the second alpine skier representing New Zealand to win four World Cup events, equaling Claudia Riegler (4, all slalom).

Wendy Holdener has collected 28 World Cup podiums in the Slalom, but has yet to claim her first victory. This is currently the record for most World Cup podiums in a single discipline without winning. Only two women have finished second in a World Cup slalom event more often than Holdener (13): Frida Hansdotter (17) and Pernilla Wiberg (14). Hansdotter (4 wins) and Wiberg (14) both achieved slalom victories in the World Cup.

Lena Dürr finished third in both World Cup slalom events held in Levi. She became the first German woman on a World Cup slalom podium since Maria Höfl-Riesch, who finished third in Lienz on 29 December 2013. Höfl-Riesch was the most recent German woman to win a World Cup slalom event, when she won in Levi on 10 November 2012.

Michelle Gisin finished third in the slalom in Lienz in 2019, her first career World Cup podium in this discipline. She can become the first Swiss winner of the women's World Cup slalom event in Lienz. Gisin's only World Cup slalom victory came on Austrian snow, in Semmering on 29 December 2020.

Anna Swenn-Larsson finished fifth in the Levi slalom on 20 November. Of her four World Cup slalom podiums, one came in Austria, second in 2020 in Flachau. The last Swedish woman to achieve a slalom win in the World Cup was Frida Hansdotter in Flachau on 10 January 2017.

Katharina Liensberger, the winner of last season's Slalom crystal globe, finished sixth and eighth in the opening two Slalom races in Levi. She finished in fourth position in Killington.

Katharina Liensberger is the most recent Austrian woman to finish on a World Cup Giant Slalom podium: third in Lienz on 28 December 2019. She finished fourth in the Sölden season opener.

Liensberger's three major wins in the Slalom all came in March 2021: at the world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo and in the World Cup events in Åre and Lenzerheide.


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