Tessa Worley regained her giant slalom title at the FIS World Cup Ski Championships on Thursday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, holding off hard-charging Mikaela Shiffrin to take gold. Worley, the 2013 champion, finished 0.34 seconds ahead of Shiffrin, who was fastest in the second run as warm sunshine softened the snow.
Shiffrin was third-fastest in the morning run, and had the fastest time on the second run but it wasn’t enough to catch the diminutive Worley.
“I wasn’t sure I could make up all the time on Tessa,” the American told Swiss broadcaster SRF. “She deserved to win. I was really much happier with my second run.”- Shiffrin
The silver medal was the 21-year-old American’s first in giant slalom. She will start as the favorite for her third straight slalom world title on Saturday.
Soffia Goggia of Italy took bronze, 0.74 behind Worley, four days after being in tears when losing her shot at the downhill title with a big mistake near the finish.
Worley now has two golds in St. Moritz, after helping France win the team event on Tuesday. Worley and Shiffrin have been the dominant giant slalom skiers this season. The Frenchwoman continues her dominance in World Cup GS wins this year and tops the season-long standings.
It was Shiffrins’ first World Championship medal in GS, and just the second medal for the U.S. team in St. Moritz. U.S. Team legend Lindsey Vonn took Bronze in the downhill last weekend. U.S. Teammate Megan McJames had a career best 21st in place in GS at the World Championships.
Up next for the ladies in St. Moritz is the slalom event Saturday. NBCSN has live coverage at 3:45 EST and recorded coverage on NBC Saturday at 12:30 EST