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American settles for silver in thrilling giant slalom at FIS World Championships.
France’s Tessa Worley held her nerve to maintain her first-run lead and claim giant slalom gold from Mikaela Shiffrin and #sofiagoggia at the 2017 #fisalpineworldskichampionships in St. Moritz.
First down the mountain, Worley confounded many experts by unleashing a nerveless first run of 1:02.01 on the fresh snow to cheer the crowd.
The Frenchwoman clipped almost every gate as she carved her way down the course to put down a brilliant marker for her rivals waiting at the top.
Italian Goggia has been one of the form skiers so far in this FIS alpine season with three giant slalom podiums to her name.
She was unlucky not to grab a medal in Sunday’s downhill after an exhilarating run that nearly saw her crash metres away from the finish line after crossing her skis.
Third out the gate, she attacked the course again with gusto to leave herself 0.48s behind Worley, Shiffrin following her straight after in classy fashion to put herself third in the standings - 0.72s behind.
Sweden’s Sara Hector, Slovakian Petra Vlhova, Austrian Bernadette Schild, Italian veteran Manuela Moelgg and Austria's Stephanie Brunner all skied beautifully to take the consecutive lead during the second run.
Italy’s Federica Brignone was fourth last and she gave the top three a massive mountain to climb by #racing down in 1:03.36 to lead by 0.38s.
Nevertheless 21-year-old Shiffrin, the two-time reigning slalom champion, put in a sensational bottom-half performance to blow Brignone’s time away by 0.58s.
Goggia tried hard in her usual audacious fashion but could only finish behind Shiffrin’s time, leaving Worley to hold on by 0.34s for another world gold - her second giant slalom one after her 2013 victory in Schladming.
Shiffrin told SRF, “I wasn’t sure I could make up all the time on Tessa. She deserved to win. I was really much happier with my second run.”
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