Stephanie Brunner places fifth in ladies Giant Slalom in St Moritz
Stephanie Brunner produces stirring second run to place fifth with Sara Hector battling into ninth
Stephanie Brunner finished fifth in the ladies World Championship Giant slalom, with fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel Sara Hector also finishing in the top ten. Conditions were perfect for the ladies World Championship Giant slalom in St Moritz. The sun was shinning and the temperature didn’t rise too fearlessly, making the course more consistent throughout the race. Tessa Worley won the race ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin with Sofia Goggia third.
Brunner who moved up from eighth in the first run to fifth place in the standings, did not “enjoy” her first run after a few mistakes but she was “satisfied” with her second run. She admitted that she knew a medal wasn’t a realistic goal going into the second run but she was happy to move up a few places.
Despite being finishing ninth, Sara Hector admitted she “struggles” through the softer snow. Hector has only come back to the World Cup this year after a serious knee injury but was still “slightly disappointed” not to medal. Despite the slight disappointment Hector exclaimed: “There’s still a lot of positives to take away from a top ten!”
Bernadette Schild confessed she was “nervous” before the start of the race but still managed to produce a solid first run and placed 11th. Schild then explained she “risked it all because it’s the World Championships and you have to take risks.” She admitted she made a few mistakes and that’s why she slipped down to 17th. Overall she was happy with her technical skiing. Just behind her was fellow Rebel Raghnhild Mowinckel, who finished 18th.
Having won the World Championship title in 2015, Anna Veith has only got back to race fitness this season after a serious knee injury that kept her out of the 2015/16 season. Veith finished 22nd and explained it will “take time” to get back to the top of the podium.
After finishing 24th, Kasja Kling said her main goal was to produce “good technical skiing”. She admitted that there are a few key areas she needs to work on, but she was happy with her second run in particular.
It was a tough first run for Alexandra Tilley after finishing 31st. Tilley had to ski after the top 30 in St Moritz but managed to move up a place into 30th position. Tilley admitted she had a goal of a top 15 but will be looking forward to the slalom on Saturday.
There were seven Rebels in the top 30 in St Moritz, which is something positive to take away from the race. Brunner admitted with” two consistent runs” she could’ve possibly challenged the podium. The next World Championship race for the Rebels is the men's GS tomorrow at 9:45 CET.
1 Tessa Worley
2 Mikaela Shiffrin
3 Sofia Goggia
5 Stephanie Brunner (AUT) HEAD
9 Sara Hector (SWE) HEAD
17 Bernadette Schild (AUT) HEAD
22 Anna Veith (AUT) HEAD
24 Kasja Kling (SWE) HEAD
30 Alexandra Tilley (GBR) HEAD