Hector grabs narrow lead in giant slalom first run

1.Hector grabs narrow lead in giant slalom first run
Winner Swedish Sara Hector celebrates as she crosses the finish line of the second run of the women's FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom event in Courchevel, in the French Alps, on December 22, 2021 (Photo: AFP)
COURCHEVEL, France — Swede Sara Hector followed her second place the day before with the fastest first-run in the women's giant slalom in Courchevel on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

Hector finished in 1 minute 06.71 seconds, 0.11sec ahead of French skier Tessa Worley and 0.34 clear of Tuesday's winner Mikaela Shiffrin
The American leads the giant slalom standings. Her closest challenger, Slovakian Petra Vlhova was fifth.

The top seven skiers were separated by less than a second heading into the second run at 1200GMT.

"Still one more round to go and everything can happen and it's a tight race," said Hector. 

"I have to stay focused. I've been practising a lot on some techniques that I really wanted to improve on.

"It feels like it's working better and better, so that's cool!" Hector added.
The second giant slalom in two days at Courchevel replaces a race in Killington in the US called off due to bad weather at the end of November.

Austrian Katharina Liensberger and Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, both in the top 10 in the giant slalom standings, missed the race due to testing positive for COVID-19.                 

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