Italian skier Bassino leads her teammate Brignone after the 1st run of the World Cup GS, as Shiffrin chooses not to compete in the race.

In a thrilling women’s World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday in Soldeu, Andorra, Italian skiers Marta Bassino and Federica Brignonne took first and second place, with Bassino winning by just 0.03 seconds. Alice Robinson of New Zealand finished third, while Thea Louise Stjernesund of Norway took fourth, coming within two-tenths of a second of the leaders.

With American skier Mikaela Shiffrin nursing an injured left knee, Lara Gut-Behrami had the chance to take the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Shiffrin if she won the race. Needing to make up 0.61 seconds on Bassino later in the race, Gut-Behrami ranked ninth in the opening run but ultimately finished fourth.

Shiffrin will also miss Sunday’s slalom in Andorra as her return to racing is yet to be determined. Unscheduled competitors for the World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday included Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Canada’s Valerie Grenier, who both sustained career-ending injuries recently.

Bassino won the junior world GS championship a decade ago and the World Cup title in the discipline in 2021 but has only won one World Cup race in the last three years. She won the super-G World title in France last year and expressed her need for “the feeling on my skis.” Despite facing lots of mistakes and ups and downs during her career, Bassino said she has to put all the pieces together before returning to competition at a higher level.

By Editor

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