Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bassino claims first World Cup slalom win

Bassino claims first World Cup slalom win

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Marta Bassino skis the Women’s Giant Slalom on Saturday in Killington, Vermont. afp

Bassino claims first World Cup slalom win

Marta Bassino notched her first alpine skiing World Cup win on Saturday, leading an Italian one-two ahead of Federica Brignone in the giant slalom at Killington, Vermont as Mikaela Shiffrin could only finish third.

Bassino launched her day with an attacking first run of 49.05sec on a course shortened because of gusting winds at the planned start line.

Brignone, winner of the Killington giant slalom last year, delivered a storming second run of 48.81 on the shortened course to challenge her 23-year-old teammate.

But Bassino held on with a second run of 49.14 and a total of 1min 38.19sec to win by 26-hundredths of a second.

“I finally put together two runs,” Bassino said. “I tried to focus just on myself and to ski like I know how.

“I saw the green light [indicating the best time] and it was incredible,” she added. “That’s when I realised I won my first World Cup race. Wow.”

US superstar Shiffrin, skiing in front of enthusiastic home fans, settled for third with a combined time of 1:38.48.

Shiffrin, who claimed her third overall World Cup title last season, remains in search of a first giant slalom win at Killington, where she has won three slalom races.

She was to try to add to that in Sunday’s slalom – and said her second run was encouraging.

“I’m so much happier with the second run, so all in all a good day,” said Shiffrin, who attended the Burke Mountain Academy just 100 miles from Killington.

On Sunday, Shiffrin was to be in pursuit of a 62nd World Cup race win – which would have tied her with Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for second most on the women’s circuit, a list led by now retired Lindsey Vonn’s 82.

New Zealand teenage sensation Alice Robinson, who pipped Shiffrin to win the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden in October, failed to finish the first leg.

Robinson, who turned 18 on Sunday, had expected to miss the Killington races as she recovered from a bone bruise in her left knee but got the all-clear from doctors just this week.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the