Italy’s Brignone wins giant slalom in Vermont; Shiffrin 4th


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.

Italy’s Federica Brignone celebrates in the finish area after winning the alpine ski, women’s World Cup giant slalom in Killington, Vt., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)