27. 11. 2021 17:07, the article was updated 27. 11. 2021 17:49 | KILLINGTON / TASR
Frenchwoman Tessa Worley led in Killington, USA.
Petra Vlhová in the 1st round of Saturday’s giant slalom World Cup in alpine skiing in Killington, USA.
Saturday’s huge World Cup slalom in Killington, USA was canceled due to bad weather. Nine competitors managed to finish the first round, the current leader was the Frenchman Tessa Worley. Slovak national team member Petra Vlhová lost eighteen hundredths in second place.
The organizers had to postpone the start of the race for half an hour, a strong wind was blowing in the American resort and, in addition, it was snowing. Vlhová was the first to enter the track, almost the entire track was covered in fog and conditions gradually worsened. The Austrian Ramona Siebenhoferová started on the track with the starting number 9 and after her reaching the finish line the organizers interrupted the race.
“I was really surprised that the race started. I said before that you can’t ride. I don’t know why we waited half an hour, nothing has changed. If I have to evaluate my ride, I haven’t seen all the goals properly. It’s very questionable. The same wind blew in Semmering last year, it was dangerous and eventually the race was canceled, “Siebenhofer told laola1.at.
The third was the Swiss Lara Gutová Behrami with a gap of 0.29 s. The ride did not go out at all to the home teammate Mikaele Shiffrin, who lost to the leader +1.38. “It’s my home race, I like to ride here. But it’s very windy today. Well, I don’t think it’s dangerous. It’s a tough wind fight, but it’s an open-air sport. I’m grateful that everyone here in Killington is hard. they worked to make the race possible, “said the American at the finish.
Several skiers did not get on the track of the first round, among them Slovinka Meta Hrovatová. She said: “I also talked to some of the girls who crossed the finish line and I know the wind was very strong. Today would not be a fair race.”
Vlhová experienced the cancellation of the race after the first round of the game last year. They were also canceled in the Semmering, Austria, due to strong winds. At first, the start of the 2nd round was postponed twice, in the end Vlhová could not fight for the victory. After the 1st round, she was 22 hundred seconds ahead of the Italian Marta Bassinová.
The American center should be slalom on Sunday, the first round is scheduled for 15.45 CET. The first two World Championships in Levi, Finland, ended in Vlhová’s triumph.