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Worley leads WCup giant slalom; Shiffrin skis out
December 15, 2013, 11:15 am

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) - Tessa Worley of France led the first run of a World Cup giant slalom on Sunday, while Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States skied out.

Overall standings leader Lara Gut of Switzerland went out in similar style to Shiffrin, sliding away while making a tight turn on the quick course.

Worley, the world championships gold medalist in GS, timed 1 minute 4.34 seconds on another day of ideal race conditions in the Swiss Alps.

"It was perfect snow really. Running (bib) No. 1, I was loving every second of it until I fell," said Shiffrin, who was runner-up in the previous GS race at Beaver Creek, Colo., this month.

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden, who edged Shiffrin for victory then to lead the discipline standings, was second-fastest, 0.29 seconds behind Worley. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, trailing by 0.50.

Defending World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was sixth, with 0.76 to make up in the second run.

Julia Mancuso of the U.S., the 2006 Olympic champion in GS, placed 10th, 1.49 back.

Shiffrin said she was caught out trying to maintain her speed over changing terrain.

"Instead of just doing it I was thinking so much, `Oh no, here it comes,"' she told The Associated Press. "I got really stiff so then I just got on my inside ski.

"There is always a reason for falling so I will go back and figure it out and hopefully not do it again," she added.

Shiffrin only has to wait until Tuesday for her next race, in her specialist slalom discipline, a seven-hour drive away in France.

"I guess that's the bright side of going out today. Now we'll get to Courchevel sooner," the reigning World Cup and world champion in slalom said.

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