Alpine Skiing

Bassino does Kranjska Gora double, Shiffrin 6th after leading first run

Marta Bassino won her second giant slalom in two days ahead of Michelle Gisin and Meta Hrovat

By Ken Browne ·

Marta Bassino claimed her fourth giant slalom win this season by taking the Kranjska Gora event in Slovenia on Sunday (17 January).

Two wins in 24 hours had the Italian in tears at the top of the podium as she became the second woman from his country to complete a GS double in a World Cup season after 3-time Olympic champion Deborah Compagnoni in 1997 (Zwiesel, Germany).

Mikaela Shiffrin was leading after Run 1, but a couple of errors in the second descent left the American in sixth position.

Bassino, wearing the leader's red bib, was only 0.30 sec behind Shiffrin and in the second run posted the fastest time (1:07.34) attacking from start to finish.

Switzerland's Michelle Gisin proved to be one of the most consistent skier this season finishing second, 0.66 sec behind Bassino.

Before this weekend Gisin had never stepped up on a GS podium, now she's done it twice in two days. The Swiss skier is now only 60 points behind World Cup overall leader Petra Vhova, who finished 10th.

Meta Hrovat was third: the Lillehammer 2016 slalom bronze medallist finished 0.73 sec off the pace.

Bassino extended her lead at the top of the GS standings and was overwhelmed after the race, the tears flowing as she struggled to speak to FIS cameras:

"It's so amazing, sorry I'm so emotional, it's like a dream, I can't believe it!"