Tina Maze put the rest of the field to the sword as the girls showed how they were addressing the new ski regulations. Maze, starting 4, posted a time that killed off the challenge of last years winner, Lindsey Vonn by 2.37 seconds. Viktoria Rebensburg, winner of the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe last season could only manage third place with Tessa Worley the best of the rest 0.75 seconds down.
This was the first time that the racers were able to show what the new skis were like in action and while many commented, not many were particularly against the skis. interestingly though not many were greatly in favour: They realise that the ski regulations are here and that they have to get on with them.
With the course crew having been at work since 4am readying the course, fresh snow overnight gave the racers more to think about as well.
With Frida Hansdottir starting the second run, Lizzi Goergl (number 1 on first run) will have been surprised to have made the second run after having seen her time destroyed by Maze. Goergl is in 18th after run one.
The big guns like Vonn (12th), Hoefl-Riesch (8th), Fenninger (7th) and Karbon (6th) all have over two seconds to make up on the leader. After such a devastating first run Maze could be heading for victory number 9 in Giant Slalom on the World Cup. Her biggest challenge could be the fog that came in between the two runs.
Maze has used the change in ski regulations to make changes to her skiing style and admitted after the run that she “wants to be number 1 this time.” While Maze is looking for the number 1 spot, the young rising star of the American Team, Michaela Shiffrin had to endure the agony of missing the second run by 0.01seconds.
With Julia Mancuso losing a ski and Lara Gut also out; first blood will be decided and Maze has certainly opened up with all guns blazing!