In front of 18,500 spectators at the Killington World Cup in Vermont, Italy’s Marta Bassino put two clean and fast runs together to win the first World Cup race of her career on a course shortened because of gusting winds at the planned start line. The 23-year-old has been on the podium in the World Cup five times prior to Today’s Giant Slalom.
Federica Brignone was able to pick up her first podium of the season with a second-place finish. Brignone, winner of the Killington Giant Slalom last year, delivered a storming second run. She clocked the quickest second run climbing six positions to win her 20th career podium.
Local hero Mikaela Shiffrin finished in third place, 0.29 seconds off of Bassino’s winning pace. Shiffrin remains in search of a first Giant Slalom win at Killington, where she has won three slalom races.
The young New Zealander Alice Robinson, who pipped Shiffrin to win the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, failed to finish the first run. Robinson surprised all with her presence in Killington after a bone bruise in her left knee. She decided to take part in the second Giant Slalom of the season after the all-clear message from the doctors.