Katharina Liensberger opened the Cortina d’Ampezzo piste perfectly during the first round of the women’s slalom at the Alpine Skiing World Championships. With her number 1 bib, the Austrian clocked the best time of the morning. Mikaela Shiffrin is already relegated to more than a second while Nastasia Noens was placed ninth.
Katharina Liensberger spent her Saturday morning in the chair of the women’s slalom leader at the Alpine Skiing World Championships. Left with her number 1 bib, she achieved a benchmark time that lasted all morning. 107 participants tried to do better than her 48 ”48. They all failed by at least three tenths. Already a two-time medalist at the Worlds (gold in parallel, bronze in giant), the Austrian is on track to climb on the podium for the third time this week.
Her main rival in the title race will be Petra Vlhova. The Slovak, limited the damage by finishing only three tenths of the first. It was only the skier at the top of the general classification of the World Cup in the specialty who finished less than a second behind Katharina Liensberger. The Swiss Wendy Holdener completes the provisional podium. She is almost a second behind Petra Vlhova. Behind her, we find Mikaela Shiffrin who disappointed like several other favorites. The American conceded 1.30 in the first. Michelle Gisin and Federica Brignone notably fell. This is also the case for Doriane Escané.
The French camp can still have a smile thanks to the performance of Nastasia Noens. La Niçoise finished in the top 10 of the first round. Even though she is two seconds behind the lead and 76 hundredths on the podium, this morning finished in ninth place is very encouraging for her. The Habs can hope for a place in the top 10 and achieve the best result of their season at the World Championships.
ALPINE SKIING – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ladies’ slalom – Saturday February 20, 2021
Ranking of the 1st round
1- Katharina Liensberger (AUT) in 48 ”48
2- Petra Vlhova (SVQ) at 0 ”30
3- Wendy Holdener (SUI) at 1 ”24
4- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) at 1 ”30
5- Ana Bucik (SLO) at 1 ”39
6- Camille Rast (SUI) at 1 ”67
7- Lena Dürr (ALL) at 1 ”96
8- Asa Ando (JAP) at 1 ”97
9- Nastasia Noens (FRA) at 2 ”02
10- Emelie Wikstroem (SUE) at 2 ”03
NF- Doriane Escané (FRA)