Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino had a tight finish in the women’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday, with Bassino narrowly edging out her teammate. Behind them were New Zealand’s Alice Robinson and Norway’s Thea Louise Stjernesund. Unfortunately, US skier Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the races due to injury, and Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami is trailing in the overall World Cup standings.
Shiffrin suffered an injury as she was landing from a jump during a downhill race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy two weeks ago. Other skiers missing from the races included Petra Vlhova of Slovakia and Canadian Valerie Grenier, both recovering from season-ending injuries. Despite this, Bassino put in a solid performance to earn her first podium result of the season.
Bassino expressed satisfaction with her performance but also hoped to continue improving in the future. She has had a lot of ups and downs throughout her career and noted that she needs to put all the pieces together to succeed in the sport. Winning the junior world GS championship ten years ago and the World Cup title in 2021 are just some of her accomplishments that make her feel proud of what she has achieved so far.