Shiffrin Leads Three Into Top 20 In Kronplatz
Mikaela Shiffrin led three Americans into the top 20, finishing fifth in the giant slalom on the challenging Erta slope in Kronplatz, Italy – the final FIS Ski World Cup women's tech race before Beijing 2022. Nina O'Brien fought back into the top 15, finishing 15th, while teammate Paula Moltzan was 17th.
Shiffrin's Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova led the way first run, charging hard from bib 1, with Sweden's Sara Hector in second, followed by Shiffrin in third. France's Tessa Worley had a solid second run to move up to third, with Vlhova falling to second and Hector continuing her dominance in the discipline with her second-straight win and third victory of the season.
Following the race, Shiffrin reflected on her performance. "Unfortunately, today’s race may have been a very big decider in the GS globe. But I suppose that the “race” is not over yet, so I’ll keep pushing," she said. "Now we fully shift focus to the Olympics. It’s been a stressful and tiring few weeks trying to get everything prepped for the trip to Beijing, with so much more to do than previous Games in the time of Covid and different travel logistics than we’ve dealt with before, plus trying to get it all sorted while on the road as foreigners in Europe since November. I’m looking forward to getting there safely—fingers crossed—and to finally be passed the 'organizational & prep' part of the process, and on to the actual skiing part of it."
Shiffrin continues to lead in the overall standings, with 1,026 points to Vlhova's 1,009. Hector extended her lead to 462 points in the giant slalom standings, while Worley jumped to second with 367, followed by Shiffrin in third with 361.
AJ Hurt also started for the Americans but narrowly missed qualification first run. Allie Resnick, who started in her first World Cup giant slalom race, did not finish the first run. The women's tech crew will take a few days off before heading to Beijing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Women's giant slalom
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