Worley regains giant slalom title at worlds; Shiffrin 2nd


Worley has two golds in St. Moritz, after helping France win the team event Tuesday.

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 16, 2017) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday, finishing second on a sun-soaked course at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Worley, the 2013 champion, finished 0.34 of a second ahead of Shiffrin, who was fastest in the second run as warm sunshine softened the snow. It was a handsome day to be ski racing.

"I wasn't sure I could make up all the time on Tessa", the American told Swiss broadcaster SRF. "But she deserved to win".

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her silver medal in giant slalom at the world championships.

She stands in second place with 460 points behind 10th-year World Cup racer Worley (580 points), the 2010 French Olympian who has 11 World Cup wins to her credit, all coming in giant slalom.

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Editor's Note: Video from today's giant slalom will be added to this story once available.

"To have the luck to be with the big champions on the same course is huge", said Marti, who will return to the course Friday with most of the low-ranked starters for the slalom qualification race.

It was also a record for a ladies' giant slalom with 56 different nations participating, truly putting the word "world" into the World Championships.

"It's not hard to carry momentum when you have good momentum going", Shiffrin told media. "Who knew? I've always known I could ski fast in GS".

This is Shiffrin's third world championships.

But today was Worley's day.

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"I'm so proud", said the 27-year-old champion, the first-run leader who had a 0.48 gap on Goggia and two-tenths more on Shiffrin.

"But I knew today could be my day if I gave my best and I was focused completely on winning the gold". "For a bit I thought I had done enough, but it was clear that she was the best today and deserves the gold medal".

Soffia Goggia of Italy took bronze, 0.74 behind, four days after being in tears when losing her shot at the downhill title with a mistake near the finish. "To shoot clean at world championships and to have unbelievable material, every single part of my race came together today".

As she celebrated in the finish area, Goggia said according to the fis.com report, "Finally!"

Shiffrin's next task is Saturday where she will compete to become the fourth woman to win three world titles in an event consecutively.

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