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Italian Skier Bassino Takes 1st-run Lead In GS, Shiffrin 4th

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia: Marta Bassino stamped her authority on the large slalom self-discipline on Saturday, profitable her third World Cup race this season.

Coping greatest with powerful course circumstances, the Italian held on to her first-run lead, holding off a problem by Tessa Worley to win by an enormous margin.

Worley, the previous two-time GS world champion from France, was quickest within the closing run however nonetheless got here up eight-tenths of a second wanting Bassino.

Its simply superb. Today was actually quick. I simply needed to push and go down as quick as I may as a result of the sensation wasnt so good, stated Bassino, who’s among the many favorites for GS gold at subsequent month’s world championships in Italy.

Michelle Gisin was 1.46 behind in third for the Swiss skiers first podium in GS.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who was fourth after the opening run, dropped to sixth. The Olympic champion trailed Bassino by 2.18 seconds.

Moved from Maribor due to an absence of snow, the race occurred at a resort which is an annual cease on the mens circuit.

It was actually powerful. It was actually icy,” stated Bassino, including that making use of strain to her skis was essentially the most troublesome half.

Its arduous to push, since you really feel the ski slide a bit of bit, the Italian stated.

Shiffrin remained the one skier apart from Bassino to win a GS this season, in Courchevel, France in December. That consequence marked the three-time total champions first win since coming back from a 10-month break from racing in 2020.

A fifth GS this season was known as off simply earlier than the ultimate run, after gusts had blown away the setup within the end space in Semmering, Austria, with Petra Vlhova main.

The Slovakian skier completed fourth on Saturday and remained within the lead of the general standings.

Vlhova had a stellar begin to the season by profitable three of the primary 4 races, however obtained just one podium end in her final 10 occasions.

Federica Brignone, who’s the defending total champion and was main the GS rankings going into the race, was 2.10 behind in fifth.

Shiffrins teammate Nina OBrien, carrying bib No. 27, was seventh after the opening run earlier than ending 13th for her profession greatest end in GS.

Another American teammate, Paula Moltzan, examined constructive for COVID-19 on Friday and was dominated out for each races this weekend.

The U.S. ski staff stated ongoing testing of its skiers and workers resulted in no different constructive instances.

Another GS on the identical Podkoren course is scheduled for Sunday.


This story has been corrected to point out that Shiffrin completed sixth, not seventh.


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