World Cup defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the giant slalom in Lienz for the first time on Saturday with two best times. Katharina Liensberger made it onto the RTL podium for the first time behind the Italian Marta Bassino. The second best Austrian was Eva-Maria Brem in 17th place.
Shiffrin, who was recently badly beaten in Courchevel, celebrated her 63rd World Cup victory 1.36 seconds ahead of Bassino and 1.82 seconds before Liensberger. This puts the American in second place in the all-time women’s best list, ahead of Annemarie Moser Pröll (62) and her compatriot Lindsey Vonn (82). Marcel Hirscher (67) and Ingemar Stenmark (86) are also ahead of Shiffrin across all genders. “It was a big fight today. To be back at the top in the giant slalom is incredible,” said Shiffrin after her eleventh triumph in giant slalom.
Liensberger improved by four positions in the second run. “It feels great, third place in the home race means a lot to me,” said the Vorarlberg woman about her second podium after third in the Flachau slalom in the previous season. A slalom will take place in Lienz on Sunday. Shiffrin is once again the top favorite after victories in the previous two runs of the season.
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