Shiffrin tops Wor­ley for sec­ond GS vic­tory

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semmering, aus­tria» A few days af­ter Mikaela Shiffrin spent Christ­mas at Manuela Moelgg’s home in Italy and trained with her, the Amer­i­can and the Ital­ian fin­ished first and third in a women’s World Cup gi­ant slalom on Tues­day.

Shiffrin held on to her first-run lead on the icy Panorama course to beat Tessa Wor­ley of France by 0.78 sec­onds. The re­sult ended Shiffrin’s 26month wait for a sec­ond GS win af­ter cel­e­brat­ing her maiden tri­umph in the open­ing race of the 2014-15 sea­son.

Moelgg came in 1.09 back in third for the Ital­ian’s first podium in nearly six years.

“She and her fam­ily were invit­ing for Christ­mas. It made it feel more like home for us,” said Shiffrin, adding “it’s so spe­cial” that Moelgg also made the top three — for the first time since plac­ing third at a slalom in Za­greb, Croa­tia, in Jan­uary 2011.

“We have been train­ing at her home,” Shiffrin said. “We re­ally only had Christ­mas Day off. But it was OK, I had a rest­ful day. And some­times it is like when you take a break, then your body says, ‘Oh, it’s a break,’ and then you get sick. I tried to fight that off but I feel good right now. My en­ergy is good.”

Shiffrin’s 24th ca­reer win ex­tended her over­all lead to 55 points over de­fend­ing cham­pion Lara Gut of Switzer­land, who fin­ished Tues­day’s race in fourth.

At the pre­vi­ous GS in Sestriere two weeks ago, Shiffrin also held a firstrun lead but dropped to sixth af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal run. It made her skip the speed races in Val d’Isere, France, the fol­low­ing week in or­der to put in ex­tra GS train­ing.

The ses­sions with Moelgg at Kron­platz, which will host a World Cup GS in Jan­uary, have paid off.

Shiffrin has won Olympic gold, two world cham­pi­onships and three World Cup sea­son ti­tles in her fa­vorite dis­ci­pline.

Wor­ley was only sixth af­ter the open­ing run, 0.80 sec­onds be­hind Shiffrin. She hardly won time on the Amer­i­can in the fi­nal run and missed out on her third straight GS win af­ter tri­umph­ing in Killing­ton, Ver­mont, and Sestriere over the last few weeks.

“I am happy be­cause in the first run I lost time on the top sec­tion,” Wor­ley said. “In the sec­ond run I was just at­tack­ing the whole way down.”

Jan­srud stays per­fect in su­per-G

B santa ca­te­rina val­furva, italy» Olympic cham­pion Kjetil Jan­srud ex­tended his per­fect start to the sea­son in su­per-G, win­ning a World Cup race by a com­fort­able mar­gin.

Jan­srud be­came only the sec­ond man to win the first three su­per-G races of the sea­son.

Jan­srud fin­ished 0.60 sec­onds ahead of Hannes Re­ichelt of Aus­tria and 0.65 in front of Do­minik Paris of Italy. It was the 18th win of Jan­srud’s World Cup ca­reer, match­ing him with Lasse Kjus for third place among Nor­we­gian men.

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