France’s Tessa Worley won the World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz yesterday. This is a race that US star Mikaela Shiffrin missed because she tested positive for Covid-19.
Two-time Giant Slalom World Champion Wally has declared his 15th World Cup victory in the field, 0.30 seconds ahead of World Cup overall defending champion Petra Hova in Slovakia. Sweden’s Sara Hector, who won the event in Courchevel last week, set the third fastest time in 0.38 seconds. The 32-year-old Wally set the fastest time on the first leg and fourth fastest on the second leg.
“I’m very happy with this race. I managed to make two solid runs,” Wally said.
Following Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Proel (20), Wally continued to become the third female skier to win the World Cup more than 15 times in Giant Slalom. 16).
“The numbers are great, but above all, I’m glad that this fire is still there to produce high performance over the years,” she added. For Wally, it’s the first victory of the season before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and she hopes she will win her first medal at the quarterly showpiece event. She grew up towards Beijing with her final victory at Kronplatz in Italy in January, finishing 8th in Soelden, Austria, followed by 5th and 4th in Courchevel, France.
“At Courchevel, I felt skiing was there, but I managed to get the podium. I want to continue this way in 2022,” she said. “At the Winter Olympics, I hope I can maintain this idea of liberating me. That’s the way to compete to get to the starting line of play, whether you win or lose in the end.” The racing situation is good training every time, but I know how many ski hits and mistakes can happen. “
The race took place without spectators after the Austrian Ski Association decided that it was the wisest after the Covid-19 Omicron variant had settled.
Sifflin, who leads Italy’s Olympic downhill champion Sophia Gogja by 93 points in the overall World Cup ranking, revealed a positive test on Monday. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Schifflin, 26, is one of the female skistars who tested positive.
Swiss 2016 World Cup overall champion Lara Gut-Behrami was unable to attend the meeting between Val d’Isere and Courchevel. Austrian double ski world champion Katharina Liensberger also missed the Courchevel Round of the World Cup season.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707061/Worley-takes-advantage-of-Shiffrin-absence-to-win- Wally takes advantage of Shiffrin’s absence to win a giant slalom