Sara Hector Wins Giant Slalom in Courchevel
After finishing second yesterday Sara Hector won today the second Giant Slalom held in Courchevel. She sets the best time on the first run and was super consistent on the second one to beat Mikaela Shiffrin by 35 hundredths, swapping positions with the American compared to the race the day before.
Hector celebrated her first win since 2014 on a difficult and exigent slope she really loves. She finished second last winter in Courchevel. The 29-year-old was on the podium in the World Cup five times, all in Giant Slalom.
For the Swedish women, a winless period of almost five years came to an end today.
Sara Hector became the first Swede to win a World Cup race since Frida Hansdotter's success in the Flachau slalom on January 10, 2017.
"It's incredible. I can not understand. I am so proud and happy. I fought. It was difficult. I was nervous all day because a lot of things can go wrong in skiing. It was tight. I'm so happy that I made it”, said Hector.
With today's second-place Mikaela Shiffrin consolidate the lead in the overall World Cup. Sofia Goggia did not finish the first run, allowing the American to open up a 115-point lead at the top of the standings. It's her 114th podium in the World Cup. Shiffrin now drew level with Annemarie Moser-Pröll in the all-time best list. The 26-year-old is only behind Lindsey Vonn, who is the leader in these statistics, with 23 other podium places.
“It wasn't that clean compared to yesterday. I had to fight my way back. It was a hard day. I am very happy with second place. Sara Hector drove an unbelievable race”, said Shiffrin.
Marta Bassino finished in third place. After the discipline winner from the previous year failed in both Giant Slaloms this season, this time she finished two good runs and is back on the podium.
"I am really happy. I needed a result like this after the two failures before that. The podium gives me confidence. I know that I can keep up with the fastest”, said Bassino.