Lara Gut-Behrami in third place and Michelle Gisin (5th) are heading for their next medal in the World Cup giant slalom in Cortina. Half-time leader is the six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
Mikaela Shiffrin once again underlined her top form in Cortina after she had already won bronze in the Super-G and gold in the combination in the Dolomites. In the first run, the 25-year-old was two hundredths faster than her surprising US compatriot Nina O’Brien, who pushed up to second place with starting number 19.
The deficit of the Super-G world champion Lara Gut-Behrami, who was second on the podium in Kronplatz in the last giant slalom before the World Cup, is also only eight hundredths. Michelle Gisin follows behind the Austrian Katharina Liensberger. The Engelberger lost just 0.34 seconds on Shiffrin. A total of nine riders classified themselves at the top within one second.
Behind the Slovak Petra Vlhova (11th) follows the Schwyzerin Wendy Holdener 1.25 seconds behind in 13th place. Downhill world champion Corinne Suter (2.04 back) took 18th place after 32 riders.
It was a bitter disappointment for hosts Italy in the first run. Marta Bassino, the giant slalom dominator from Italy, who won the World Cup gold in the parallel race two days earlier, is only 15th after half the workload. Your mortgage on Shiffrin is more than a second and a half. Co-favorite Federica Brignone was even eliminated.
The second round in Cortina starts at 1.30 p.m.