Amid harsh weather conditions, Italian skier Federica Brignone displayed an extraordinary performance at Mont-Tremblant, Canada, securing her 23rd career victory in the World Cup's giant slalom event. Despite being in the sixth place after the first run, she made a remarkable comeback, achieving a final time of 2'11"95. This win not only edged out Swiss competitor Lara Gut-Behrami by 33 hundredths of a second and American Mikaela Shiffrin by 39 hundredths, but also made Brignone the most successful Italian woman in the World Cup, surpassing Sofia Goggia.
Brignone's Spectacular Performance
Brignone's victory came as a surprise given the challenging weather conditions including wind and sleet. However, her exceptional second run overtook Petra Vlhova, who led the first run. Her fellow Italian skier, Marta Bassino finished eighth in the same event. In the overall World Cup standings, Shiffrin leads with 470 points, followed by Vlhova and Gut, with Brignone in fourth place. In the giant slalom rankings, Brignone is second, just five points behind Gut.
Looking Ahead to Sankt-Moritz
The next event will feature two super-G races and a downhill race in Sankt-Moritz. Brignone expressed pride in her performance, especially given the visibility and weather challenges. Meanwhile, the men's super-G event at Beaver Creek was canceled due to high winds and snow conditions, adding to previous cancellations and leaving three races to be rescheduled. As the athletes gear up for the upcoming events, the focus remains on how the competition will unfold in the light of Brignone's exceptional performance.
Brignone's Legacy in World Cup
With this victory, Brignone has not only proved her mettle as a tough competitor but also carved a niche for herself in the history of the World Cup. She has demonstrated that no hurdle is too big when it comes to chasing victory, a trait that has been instrumental in her becoming the most successful Italian woman in the World Cup. As the competition progresses, all eyes will be on Brignone to see if she can maintain her spectacular form and continue her winning streak.