Marta Bassino (ITA)
What can Marta Bassino do now? The Super G World Champion gets off to a good start. In the further course, due to private worries, there is probably a lack of concentration. Under these circumstances the Italian does quite well third up at the bottom.
Federica Brignone (ITA)
After that, Federica Brignone pushes off at the top. The Vice World Champion has the difficult spots under control and pulls the skis well. That has an effect in the meantime. This is a squeaky clean run. The Italian unbuttons Vlhová for more than half a second. That is the clear guidance.
Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)
Now it’s Ragnhild Mowinckel’s turn. The third place in the World Cup finds its way in. But at the point where Gut-Behrami retired, the Norwegian got into trouble. The skis are across. That costs four tenths. And ultimately they are missing at the finish line.
Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)
Then Lara Gut-Behrami pushes herself up the slope. Theoretically, the Ticino could still get the small crystal ball. And that went pretty quickly. On a wave it raises the Olympic third. The next gate can no longer be reached. It’s over!
Petra Vlhova (SVK)
Now Petra Vlhová has the privilege of opening this giant slalom. It’s bitterly cold in Åre, with temperatures in the double-digit minus range. With a view of the Indalsälven river, which resembles a lake here and is of course completely frozen, the Slovak moves on a slightly shorter route. The 2019 world champion drives well at first, but is then lifted a little and drives a little far. Let’s see what this time is worth.
Shiffrin on a record hunt
Of course, this race is also all about the world champion and serial winner. Mikaela Shiffrin (start number 7) could equal Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories today. Before the races in his home country, the “old Swede” dutifully announced that the American “really deserved” to break his record. Last year’s winner Petra Vlhová (1), second in the World Championships Federica Brignone (4), third in the World Championships Ragnhild Mowinckel (3), Marta Bassino (5) and Olympic champion Sara Hector (6) have objections.
Switzerland hopes for Gut-Behrami
Things are looking a lot better for Switzerland, with Lara Gut-Behrami (start number 2), the 2021 world champion, bringing a co-favorite to the start. Behind it, however, it also becomes thin. For Wendy Holdener (17) and Michelle Gisin (18), giant slalom is not a special discipline. Andrea Ellenberger (22), Camille Rast (24), Simone Wild (33) and Mélanie Meillard (35) follow from the federal perspective. There are also nine Swiss women in total.
Austrian Armada with no chance of winning
The Austrians also seem to have only limited talent for this very basic alpine discipline at the moment. The ÖSV is also not represented in the first starting group. The women from the Alpine republic then come all the more concentrated with Franziska Gritsch (start number 16), Ramona Siebenhofer (19), the former World Cup bronze medalist Katharina Liensberger (21), Katharina Truppe (26), Stephanie Brunner (27) and Julia Scheib (28 ). We’ll take care of the other nine Austrians over the course of the competition. Ricarda Haaser is not there due to a tear in the popliteal muscle and calf muscle.
At the moment, the giant slalom is not exactly the flagship discipline of German skiers, to put it mildly. This is also reflected in the starting positions of the two German participants. For Lena Dürr (car number 32) and Emma Aicher (49) it can only be about reaching the second round.
This weekend the technicians get their turn in the Swedish province of Jämtlands län. This Friday we start at 10:00 a.m. with a giant slalom. This climbs the slope called Störtloppsbacken. The start is at 736 meters. From here, Charly Pichler’s course shows the way down the 340 meters to the finish. The Austrian coach has scored 43 goals.
Hello and welcome to the women’s giant slalom from Åre! The live ticker starts in good time before the start of the race.