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FRANCE’S WORLEY WINS GS IN VERMONT

 

France’s Tessa Worley won a World Cup giant slalom Saturday, holding off first-run leader Nina Loeseth of Norway. Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S., runner-up in the season-opening giant slalom in Austria, finished fifth.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., did not finish the second run. Ottawa’s Valerie Grenier was the top Canadian in 24th place, Candace Crawford of Toronto was close behind in 27th, while Mikaela Tommy, also of Ottawa, did not qualify for the second run.

It was Grenier’s first top-30 finish in giant slalom (she has one top 30 in slalom and two in super-G).

Worley, who won this event at the 2013 world championships, finished in 1 minute, 59.26 seconds. She was 0.80 seconds faster than Loeseth, who led by 0.09 seconds after the first run.

This was Worley’s ninth giant slalom World Cup victory but first since she injured a knee in 2013.

Sofia Goggia of Italy was third in 2:00.37, charging from 14th place with the fastest second run. Marta Bassino of Italy was fourth in 2:00.39.

This was the women’s second giant slalom of the season. It was the first World Cup race held at Killington and first in Vermont since 1978.

The race on Killington’s Superstar trail took place under overcast skies, with fog moving in and out during the second run. The fog had lifted and the wind was blowing snow showers across the slope as the top skiers pushed out for their second runs.

Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who won the season’s first giant slalom, was among 13 skiers who failed to finish the first run. She caught an edge early in her run and skied out.

The crowd, estimated at more than 15,000, was one of the largest for an Alpine race in the U.S. Shiffrin, the Olympic champion, attended Burke Mountain Academy in northern Vermont. She skied well in the first half of her second run but lost time near the bottom of the course.

– The Associated Press & S-Media staff reports.