Sweden wins big at Alpine World Cup
AFP · 2 Dec 2013, 08:22
Published: 02 Dec 2013 08:22 GMT+01:00
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby won the women's alpine World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek on Sunday, the second World Cup race win of the Swede's career.
With her only previous World Cup win four years behind her, the 29-year-old admitted that the butterflies built up as she prepared to defend her first-leg lead in the decisive second run.
But she stormed home to edge US starlet Mikaela Shiffrin with a total time of 2min 17.92sec.
Shiffrin, treated to a hero's welcome by fans after she briefly moved into the top spot, settled for the second step of the podium just 0.09sec back, and Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather was third, 0.56sec adrift.
"I'm feeling great!" Lindell-Vikarby said. "It was a pure pleasure to be in the lead when you came down the first run and then the second. It's a long wait between runs and I was for sure a bit nervous, but I made it."
Lindell-Vikarby's only prior World Cup win was a super-G triumph at Cortina-d'Ampezzo, Italy, in January of 2009.
"I've been waiting and I've been working hard," she said. "After injuries and stuff it's nice to be back."
Her best previous giant slalom result on the World Cup circuit was a fifth place at Maribor in January of this year.