Sölden Women's Giant Slalom Preview

Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone. Sölden 2020. Picture: Ötztal Tourismus. Erich Spiess

Last season Marta Bassino won the World Cup Women’s race opener in Sölden (AUT). The Italian stood out above all in the first run where she was able to exploit her skiing fluidity on one of the most difficult racecourses of the whole Circuit. Bassino has collected in Sölden on 22 October 2016 her first career World Cup podium in the Giant Slalom (a 3rd place).

Bassino beat her teammate Federica Brignone by 0.14 seconds. For Brignone, it was her third podium in Sölden.

Following the Italian duet was Petra Vlhova, the protagonist of a great comeback in the second run that allowed her to recover 7 positions and finally conquer her first career podium in Sölden.

Marta Bassino can become the first woman to win the Sölden GS event in back-to-back World Cup seasons.

Five racers have won at least one Giant Slalom Race last season:

  • Bassino 4: Sölden, Courchevel, and Kranjska Gora (2)

  • Mikaela Shiffrin: Courchevel

  • Tessa Worley: Kronplatz

  • Petra Vlhova: Jasna

  • Alice Robinson: Lenzerheide

Ten racers were on the Giant Slalom podium last season:

Marta Bassino (4-0-1)

Mikaela Shiffrin (1-1-1)

Tessa Worley (1-1-1)

Alice Robinson (1-1-0)

Petra Vlhova (1-0-2)

Federica Brignone (0-2-0)

Michelle Gisin (0-1-1)

Lara Gut (0-1-0)

Meta Hrovat (0-0-2)

Sara Hector (0-1-0)

Last season Marta Bassino won the discipline title with the Italian emerging as the dominant force. Bassino became the fourth Italian skier to win the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe after Deborah Compagnoni did it in 1997, Denise Karbon in 2008, and Federica Brignone in 2020.

Marta Bassino and her teammate Brignone could become the sixth woman to win the Sölden Giant Slalom multiple times. The only active skier to have already achieved this is Lara Gut-Behrami (2).

Marta Bassino is the only woman to have won multiple Giant Slalom events (4) the previous World Cup season: Sölden, Courchevel, and Kranjska Gora (2). She recorded a DNF in Courchevel on 14 December, claimed third place in Kronplatz on 26 Januar