Italy's Federica Brignone Gets First GS Win Of The World Cup Season

A quick, mid-week stop for the Ladies in Courchevel, France for some Giant Slalom action sees an Italian racer finally get the top spot on the podium after a couple of second-place finishes this season.

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Following back to back second-place finishes, one in GS at Killington and one in Super G last week at St. Moritz, Italian racer Federica Brignone has finally taken a top spot for the first time this season. This marks her 11th career World Cup win, her sixth in GS, but it was her first in more than a year. Brignone was sitting in third after the first run but was able to pull a quick enough second run together to edge into first by just 0.04 of a second.

The woman coming in that 0.04 of a second behind the winner was Mina Fuerst Holtmann, yet another Norwegian athlete to take a podium this year. Even better for Holtmann, though three seasons into the game, this was the first time she has achieved a podium finish. This also goes for the third-place finisher, Swiss racer Wendy Holdener. She picks up her first podium finish in this discipline, finishing just 0.44 of a second off the lead.

In what is almost a shock to fans and those that follow Alpine World Cup, American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin finished 17th today at this race. Visibly upset at the end of the race and expressing some disappointment on social media, the young superstar had this to say about her performance;

"I have a lot of thoughts, but I probably shouldn't say any of them on camera," she said playfully through her frustration. "Look, it's not really OK for me to expect something more from the day. I mean...I skied and I placed how I placed. The girls who are ahead of me skied harder, better and cleaner than me. They did a better job. It makes sense, actually—but, yeah. I have a lot of thoughts."

Though a disappointing finish, Shiffrin still controls the overall points race with 165 points ahead of the woman in second place, who just happens to be today's winner, Federica Brignone.

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