Downhill World Championships in Méribel (France), women's giant slalom, February 16, 2023. American Mikaela Shiffrin.
Méribel (France) – The favored American Mikaela Shiffrin is leading the giant slalom at the World Championships after the first round. In Méribel, she built up a lead of 12 hundredths of a second over the home French Tessa Worley and is attacking her first world title in the discipline. Czech representative Adriana Jelínková took 33rd place and barely made it into the top 30, who will go in the second round in the opposite order.
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Shiffrin is the 2018 Olympic champion in giant slalom and a three-time World Cup medalist. She won five out of eight giant slaloms this World Cup season. The day after announcing her split with trainer Mike Day, she started more on the safe side, but in the final passage she was faster than all her competitors and settled into the lead. Behind Worley, with a loss of 31 hundredths of a second to Shiffrin, the Italian Federica Brignone, who already has the combined gold from this championship, is in third place. she shared from thirty Valerie Grenier from Canada. Several dozen skiers who are significantly weaker on paper are still preparing for the start, which should not affect her ranking. A total of 114 female competitors signed up for the giant slalom.
The second round will start at 1:30 p.m.