World champion Lara Gut Bahrami tops after the first round of the Giant Slalom World Cup in Sölden.
In the opener of the alpine ski season, the Swiss women are 2/100 seconds ahead of Vice World Champion Michaela Schiffrin of the USA. The Austrians got off to a strong start, Stephanie Brunner came third (+0.54sec), and Cortina bronze medalist Katharina Leinsberger finished fourth over Rettenbachwerner currently (+0.63).
World Cup winner Petra Vlova of Slovakia finished sixth (+0.81), followed by Austrian Ricarda Hauser (+1.30), 10th after 40 runners. To find the last place on the podium for the ÖSV runner in Sölden you have to go back, in 2014 Anna Veith won, and Eva-Maria Brem took third place. With Marta Pacino, the Sölden award winner and ball winner the previous season has already retired.
“Great slope. Sun and slopes are also the best requirements for a great start to the season,” said Gott Bahrami in an interview with ORF TV. Brunner promised “full throttle” again for the second round (from 1:15 p.m.).
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