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Tessa Worley of France wins women's World Cup giant slalom

Dec. 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM   |   Comments

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Tessa Worley of France parlayed a solid first run into a comfortable win in the women's World Cup giant slalom at St. Moritz Sunday.

Worley won her third World Cup podium with a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 07.62 seconds, which was 0.37 seconds faster than second-place Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden.

"Winning today is a relief," said Worley, whose last victory came in February. "It gives me some confidence going into next weeks' races in France. I'll be able to ski with less pressure now."

The pressure was lessened on Slovenian veteran Tina Maze, who finished third with a time of 2:08.41 and reached the podium for the first time this season. "It hasn't been easy early in the season with a lot of small mistakes, but you can always learn from mistakes," said Maze, who is in fifth place in the World Cup standings. "The season started with a lot of pressure."

Julia Mancuso was the top U.S. finisher with 16th place and a time of 2:10.21. Megan McJames placed 25th and Lara Gut of Switzerland, the overall points leader, did not finish her first run.

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