Worley wins WCup giant slalom title after Shiffrin goes missing

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States sports a ribbon with the colors of the Ukrainian flag on her helmet during a World Cup women's alpine skiing giant slalom in Meribel, France, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati )

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States sports a ribbon with the colors of the Ukrainian flag on her helmet during a World Cup women’s alpine skiing giant slalom in Meribel, France, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati )

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Mikaela Shiffrin’s stellar World Cup season ended when the giant slalom title eluded Tessa Worley on Sunday.

As the last runner of the women’s season, Shiffrin led the opening run with a 0.82-second advantage to win the race for an unlikely win in the giant slalom standings.

Instead, Shiffrin’s time was the slowest of 24 second-run finishers and she placed seventh. She was 0.67 behind race winner Federica Brignone.

This opened the door for Worley and the 50 points she earned by placing fourth to finish atop the giant slalom standings.

The day started with Sara Hector favorite to add the World Cup giant slalom title to her Olympic gold medal, but the Swedish runner could only place 14th.

At 32, Worley’s victory was his first major title or medal in five years in his specialist event. She won the World Cup title and a gold medal at the world championships in 2017.

Shiffrin ends the season with the sport’s biggest prize – the overall World Cup title she won on Thursday at the World Cup Finals meeting in the French Alps.

She ran on Sunday with a ribbon in the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag tied to her helmet.

Brignone, the 2020 overall champion, won the race 0.31 ahead of her Italian teammate Marta Bassino. Petra Vlhova, who lost her overall title to Shiffrin this week, was third on Sunday at 0.37.

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Naomi C. Amerson