SOLDEU / GIANT SLALOM : Second season win for Tessa Worley

13/Feb/2012

SOLDEU / GIANT SLALOM : Second season win for Tessa Worley

Riders in this news :  Tessa WORLEY

Rossignol’s Tessa Worley beat the wind and her toughest opponents on Sunday to win her second World Cup giant slalom in succession. The Frenchwoman, who already dominated the rest of the field three weeks ago in Kranjska Gora, took the lead in the morning run and clung to first place in the afternoon to finish ahead of Slovenia’s Tina Maze while Germany’s Maria Höfl- Riesch came in 3rd .

The second leg had to be shortened by eleven gates because of the violent gusts of wind which had already forced the cancellation of a giant slalom on Friday and hampered Saturday's slalom.

Worley, the bronze medalist in that specialty last year at the FIS Worlds at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, fought hard to successfully defend her lead in those conditions and beat the reigning World Champion Tina Maze who reached her first giant slalom podium this season.

"There were lots of French people here and I really wanted to do well. It was nice skiing," said Worley, always at ease in difficult conditions. "I just decided not to think about the wind and it paid off."

Worley's seventh World Cup victory allowed her to seize the lead in the discipline's World Cup, twenty points ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic Champion who skied out in the first run. She hopes now to be more successful than a year ago when she lost the globe in the last weeks to Rebensburg because of a series of misfortunes during her last races.

It was tough but I rather ski by those conditions than on an easy course, I knew coming here it was a good slope for me as it is very challenging, so I was happy to ski at my usual level. It surely was difficult to keep being fast in the second run even though I was in the lead in the first run.  I didn’t want to leave time to anybody, I just wanted to get down as fast as possible,” she added.

I’m very happy as my parents are here too as well as a lots of friends. There is a great atmosphere around here, many people encouraged me. I felt almost in France so it was nearly a home run for me. I can share this with everyone. A huge crowd was calling my name while I skied down, so the feeling was quite exciting. Each skier enjoys winning on home soil.  It was nearly the case for me here today.

Only a few French racers were able to clinch the giant slalom World Cup title since 1967 – the last one was Carole Merle in 1983. It’s about time for Tessa to close that gap.

 

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