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A Thrilling World Cup Giant Slalom: Italian Skiers Take First and Second, while Shiffrin Misses Out on the Race


Feb 10, 2024
Italian skier Bassino leads her teammate Brignone after the 1st run of the World Cup GS, as Shiffrin chooses not to compete in the race.

In a thrilling women’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday in Soldeu, Andorra, Italian skiers Marta Bassino and Federica Brignonne took first and second place. The race was a close call, with Bassino winning by just 0.03 seconds over Brignonne. Alice Robinson of New Zealand took third place, while Thea Louise Stjernesund of Norway finished in fourth, only two-tenths of a second behind the leaders.

As she continues to nurse an injured left knee, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on this weekend’s races. Lara Gut-Behrami has been given the chance to take the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Shiffrin, who trails by 95 points. With only 0.61 seconds to make up on Bassino later in the race, Gut-Behrami will need to give it her all if she wants to overtake Shiffrin and claim victory in Soldeu.

Shiffrin will also miss Sunday’s slalom race in Andorra as her return to racing is yet to be determined. Unfortunately, unscheduled competitors for the World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday were Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Canada’s Valerie Grenier, who both sustained career-ending injuries recently.

Bassino won the junior world GS championship a decade ago and the World Cup title in the discipline in 2021 but has only won one World Cup race in the last three years. She expressed her excitement about being back on her skis again after missing out on some races due to injury: “I need the feeling on my skis,” she said after winning first place at Soldeu. “I think bib 1 helped me a lot.” She added that it hasn’t been an easy period for her with lots of mistakes and ups and downs but she is determined to put all pieces together for future successes

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