Alpine Skiing

Mathieu Faivre claims second Cortina 2021 World Champs gold with Giant Slalom win

Fellow Frenchman Pinturault misses out despite stunning first run, as Italy and Austria also claim men's GS medals at Alpine World Ski Championships

By James Pratt ·

Mathieu Faivre of France claimed men's Giant Slalom gold 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Friday (19 February), his second title at the event following an inaugural parallel slalom victory on Tuesday.

His fellow countryman Alexis Pinturault had been fastest in the first run and on course for the title before an uncharacteristic mistake on his second run cost him a medal.

Speaking immediately after the race, Faivre said, "The second run was so tough. I did some mistakes, and didn't know what to expect at the end."

"I'm a bit sad for Alexi, it would have been amazing to be both on the podium, but right now I'm gold medallist in Giant and it's incredible." - Mathieu Faivre

Two-time Olympian Luca de Aliprandini took silver for hosts Italy.

Marco Schwarz, who won the super combined on Monday, was third to collect yet another medal for Austria's men at Cortina 2021.

Reigning giant slalom world champ Henrik Kristoffersen finished outside the medals in ninth, with Switzerland's Loïc Meillard fifth.

Frenchman Thibaut Favrot and was one of the skiers who didn't finish their second run after crashing heavily.

Germany's Alexander Schmid also failed to complete the course after being well placed in his first run.

Next up for the men at Cortina 2021 is the slalom on Sunday.

The women's slalom takes place on Saturday.

And you can get a behind-the scenes look at how the French team have been getting on throughout this season with the Olympic Channel original series Cirque Blanc, available to stream for free and without subscription here.