Federica Brignone wins the second Giant Slalom held in Tremblant. The 33-year-old set the best time in the second run under challenging conditions -low visibility, fog, wind and snowfall- and catapulted herself from sixth place to the top of the podium to took the victory with a lead of 0.33 seconds over Lara Gut-Behrami. Mikaela Shiffrin rounded out the podium 0.39 seconds behind Brignone.
The Italian skier celebrated her 23rd World Cup victory. Brignone achieved 10 of her 23 World Cup victories in Giant Slalom. Also, 32 of her 59 podiums came in the same discipline.
"I wanted to go all in on the second run. I had a big mistake in the first one. But I was sure that I could still do something. I told myself is All or nothing. The weather changed and the visibility was horrible. But I trained in such conditions for the whole last month", Brignone said.
Lara Gut-Behrami finished in second place. It's her third podium in Giant Slalom this season. She finished in first place in Sölden and Killington. With the second place she was able to defend the first position in the Giant Slalom standings. The 32-year-old is 5 points ahead of Brignone.
Gut-Behrami was on the podium 77 times in the World Cup, 21 of them in Giant Slalom. She finished in the Top-10 in 23 of the last 25 World Cup Giant Slaloms. She made it to the podium 9 times and won 3 times.
The skier from Ticino was really pissed off about the conditions of the second run. "It was a joke, I could hardly see the gates. You have to be crazy to start a race like that. It was lucky that no one got hurt. I was close to stopping", Gut-Behrami said.
For Mikaela Shiffrin is her third podium in four Giant Slalom races this season and the third time she finished in third place ( Killington and twice in Tremblant). It's her 143rd podium in 256 Alpine Ski World Cup starts.
"The visibility was terrible. But actually it was still fun to ski in a way, sometimes a little bit wild. Tough conditions but a good fight", Shiffrin said.