Tessa Worley of France wins Giant Slalom at Killington!

Photogallery of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom at Killington.

Tessa Worley of France wins Giant Slalom at Killington!

Beyond South Brooklyn

It was everything that a Ski World Cup in New England was expected to be. In one ski competition, it went from warm weather, to intense fog, to heavy snow, in a four hour period. Who could ask for more challenging conditions to race in?

So Killington delivered the snow. The World Cup Giant Slalom racers provided the rest. With an international field representing 16 countries, Tessa Worley of France took the podium after a second place finish in her first run of the day, and then a phenomenal second run catapulting her to the top spot.


A huge crowd proved that the World Cup's decision to come back East was a good one. ©Mark D Phillips

The USA's Mikaela Shiffrin was under intense pressure for a great showing on her home turf, having graduated from the Burke Mountain Academy just down the street in Vermont. After Switzerland's Lara Gut, the favorite to win the event, missed a gate and did not finish, expectations were high for Mikaela to capture the cup in its first visit to the East Coast in 25 years, and the first time in Vermont in 40 years.

Mikaela has made impressive gains in Giant Slalom over the past few years, but this event was not to be. With an 8th place finish in the first run, she was 1:15 behind first run leader Nina Loeseth of Norway, who would ultimately finish second. Shiffrin would have a remarkable second run that moved her to fifth overall in the Giant Slalom event, plus she came into the weekend with the overall lead in points for this years overall ranking, maintaining the position. The top three was rounded out by Sofia Goggia of Italy, who celebrated her first podium in a World Cup competition.

With Giant Slalom completed, all eyes turn to Sunday's Slalom event where Shiffrin is the unmistaken favorite. With a win in the Slalom event in Levi, Finland, earlier in November, she wants to bring glory to her homestate of Vermont. With a gallery of almost 20,000 spectators, the World Cup may be back. It's always great to win in front of family, friends, and the young ski racers of the East who are your biggest fans.

Here's to many more World Cups in the East.

 

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Tessa Worley of France celebrates her win the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom at Killigton, Vermont. ©Mark D Phillips


Tessa Worley of France reacts after crossing the finish line to win the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom. ©Mark D Phillips


Nina Loeseth of Norway celebrates her 2nd place finish in Giant Slalom at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. ©Mark D Phillips


Sofia Goggia of Italy celebrates her first podium with a third place finish in Giant Slalom at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup. ©Mark D Phillips


Nina Loeseth of Norway completes the first run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, Vermont. ©Mark D Phillips


Lara Gut of Germany looks dejected as she skis down the side of the course after DNF in the first run. ©Mark D Phillips


Tessa Worley of France celebrates after her second place run in the first run of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup. ©Mark D Phillips


Mikaela Shiffrin shows her disappointment at her 8th place finish in the first run of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup. ©Mark D Phillips