By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Related Press
SÖLDEN, Austria (AP) — Lara Intestine-Behrami edged Mikaela Shiffrin by two-hundredths of a second because the pair constructed an enormous lead within the first run of the season-opening girls’s World Cup big slalom on Saturday.
Austrian skier Stephanie Brunner was the quickest of the remainder of the sphere however trailed by greater than half a second in third.
Defending general champion Petra Vlhova sat .81 behind in sixth, whereas Marta Bassino skied out.
The Italian, who gained the race a yr in the past and dominated the self-discipline with 4 wins final season, misplaced management of her proper exterior ski midway by her run, when she was already .57 behind then-leader Shiffrin.
Intestine-Behrami, who’s the GS world champion, had an aggressive run in excellent sunny circumstances on the Rettenbach glacier because the Swiss star led Shiffrin’s time by a couple of hundredths all through her run.
Intestine-Behrami had the sooner begin and was .09 forward on the first cut up however misplaced a fraction of her lead over Shiffrin at every of the next verify factors.
The American three-time general champion opened the race with a clear run.
Shiffrin briefly shrugged her shoulders after ending, however her time simply held up when different pre-race favorites got here down.
“It was a extremely tremendous clear run. I felt actually good in my snowboarding,” Shiffrin stated. “Watching Lara, she can be tremendous on level and perhaps just a little bit extra lively, like just a little additional one thing.”
New Zealand’s Alice Robinson, who gained the season opener in 2019, completed .90 off the lead; Federica Brignone, the 2020 general World Cup champion, was 1.51 seconds behind; and French standout Tessa Worley had 1.65 to make up within the second leg.
With a few of the massive names struggling, others took their probability to complete the opening run within the prime 10.
Slalom world champion Katharina Liensberger got here fourth, Canadian prodigy Valerie Grenier was fifth, and Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat additionally completed inside a second of Intestine-Behrami’s lead in ninth.
Amid tight anti-coronavirus measures, the race was attended by 9,000 spectators.
A minute’s silence previous to the race was devoted to Gian Franco Kasper, the longstanding FIS president who died in July, simply weeks after Johan Eliasch was elected as his successor.
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