LENZERHEIDE – Mikaela Shiffrin increased her lead in the overall World Cup standings on Sunday by finishing fourth in a giant slalom after her closest, Petra Vlhová, failed to finish the first race.
Shiffrin seemed to ski more carefully in the second leg, after being the second fastest in the first leg, and finished 0.77 seconds behind winner Tessa Worley.
Worley, two-time world champion, finished 0.29 ahead of Federica Brignone. Olympic champion Sara Hector dropped her lead in the first race to finish at 0.31 from Worley.
If Shiffrin was skiing to protect his lead in a season-long duel with Vlhová, the updated standings show that the tactic worked on a successful weekend in Lenzerheide.
Shiffrin gained 50 points for Sunday’s race – his first giant slalom since falling after just 10 seconds at the Beijing Olympics – and increased his lead to 117 with six events remaining in the next two weeks.
Shiffrin and Vlhová had been tied before the two-race match at the Swiss resort guarded by great tennis player Roger Federer, who has a house in sight of the race hill.
Worley’s 16th World Cup victory, all in giant slalom, narrowed the gap in Héctor’s lead in the absence of two races.
The Women’s World Cup circuit is now moving to Sweden, Hector’s hometown, to compete in a giant slalom and a slalom next weekend in Are. The season ends in the week of the World Cup finals in the neighboring French towns of Courchevel and Meribel.
Shiffrin is looking for a fourth World Cup title in his career and Vlhova is defending his first title won last season.
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Shiffrin maintains the World Cup lead in the giant slalom won by Worley
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