Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of the skiers had to face a heavy snowstorm in the second heat. The American overcame a deficit of 0.08 seconds to win her 49th World Cup race this Friday in Courchevel. It was also his third consecutive victory in the French season, a record he can extend today in the slalom race. Shiffrin acknowledged that taking a short rest period had been one of the keys to his success, as he made the strategic decision to skip the rescheduled sprint races at Val Gardena Gröden (ITA) earlier in the week.
Viktoria Rebensburg, from Germany, set the best time in the first heat and made things difficult for Shiffrin, finishing second only 0.14 seconds, which is his second podium of the season.
Tessa Worley, meanwhile, delighted French fans simply from the moment she decided to start the race after suffering a meniscus tear in her knee during a fall in the Super-G test at Lake Louise. After her doctor allowed her to ski again this week, she made the decision to participate in the race today and was rewarded for her impressive efforts with a meritorious third place.
Mikaela Shiffrin has a great advantage in the overall standings and ranks second in the giant slalom standings, 20 points behind Federica Brignone, who finished Friday's race in fourth position.