KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Federica Brignone of Italy won a giant slalom for her ninth career World Cup victory Saturday. Mikaela Shiffrin was fourth as the American competed before a home crowd.
On a windy afternoon, Brignone mastered the Killington course in a combined time of 1 minute, 51.33 seconds to beat first-run leader Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.49 seconds. Austria’s Stephanie Brunner took third for her first career World Cup podium finish.
Shiffrin fell during a morning training session but was able to race. Sixth after the opening run, the reigning Olympic GS champion from Colorado moved up to fourth by being more aggressive.
Brignone overcame a small mistake to turn in a speedy performance. She was second at the season-opening GS race in Austria last month.