Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tessa Worley Wins Gold in the Giant Slalom at St. Moritz 2017

France’s Tessa Worley claimed her second gold medal at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz when she won today’s Giant Slalom.Worley -the current leader in the World Cup giant slalom standings- won a clear 0.34 seconds ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin, who took silver, and Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who claimed bronze 0.74 seconds behind the winning time.
It was smiles all around for the top three as Worley earned her third individual career World Championship medal, adding to her collection of a previous gold and bronze. Worley was also on the French Team that took gold at the nations team event on Tuesday, bringing her total medal count to four.
"Incredible", said Worley after her victory. "I worked hard all year and had to stay patient. But I knew today could be my day if I gave my best and I was focused completely on winning the gold".
With the silver, Mikaela Shiffrin also earned her third individual World Championship medal adding to her two gold medals from the slalom in Beaver Creek in 2015 and Schladming in 2013.
The American is the first female U.S. skier to land on the podium since Julia Mancuso earned a bronze medal in 2005, and is only the second American to win a World Championship medal in St. Moritz so far.
"Tessa deserves winning this, she’s done so well all season", said Shiffrin. "She had such a big lead after the first run that I knew it would be tough to top. For a bit I thought I had done enough, but it was clear that she was the best today and deserves the gold medal".
Perhaps none of the three was happier than Sofia Goggia, who not only earned her first career World Championship medal but also Italy’s first medal of these World Championships. It was also atonement for Goggia, who finished in fourth place twice in her career at World Championships, including this year’s downhill. As she celebrated in the finish area she simply said, "Finally!"
"It's a great way to end my World Championships", said Goggia. "The speed events were really disappointing for me and I knew today was my last chance to come home with a medal".
The last Italian to earn a medal in a World Championship giant slalom was Federica Brignone, who was second in the 2011 World Championship.

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