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SKIING: Tessa Worley wins giant slalom after Goergl’s blunder

Reuters and AFP, KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA

Tessa Worley celebrates after her second run at the World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, yesterday.

Photo: EPA

France’s Tessa Worley put an end to a barren year when she won a women’s World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday.

The world bronze medalist won three back-to-back giant slaloms in late 2010, but failed to earn any victories last year. It was Worley’s sixth World Cup race win.

She set the record straight in a combined time of 2 minutes, 3.02 seconds in the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora to top a youthful podium with three skiers under the age of 23.

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was fastest in the first leg, but she failed to complete the second run.

Worley, 22, born to a French mother and Australian father and partly raised in New Zealand, led Italy’s Federica Brignone, 21, by 0.56 seconds, while German Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg, who was born on the same day as her French rival, was third, 0.89 adrift.

Fourth place went to World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn, who skied two solid runs to tighten her grip on the overall standings.

Giant slalom world champion Tina Maze had to settle for fifth place on her home snow. The Slovenian now trails Vonn by 296 points in the World Cup standings.

The women’s program continues in Kranjska Gora today with the slalom.

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