Shiffrin takes clear lead in GS after 1st run, Bassino 2nd

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KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin had a near-perfect run in the first round to clearly take the lead in a women’s World Cup giant slalom on Sunday.

The first runner in the race, the American’s turns were clean throughout the descent from Podkoren as she took a three-tenth of a second lead over Marta Bassino.

Shiffrin placed sixth in a GS on the same course on Saturday, which Bassino won.

“Yesterday was a great learning experience. I did a lot of analysis, ”said Shiffrin.

“I changed my focus a bit, which I think about during the lesson as I ski. I felt a lot better, going with the hill and not fighting so much.

Bassino has won three of the discipline’s four races this season, with Shiffrin winning the only other event, at Courchevel in December.

Michelle Gisin was back in third place at 0.44, a day after the Swiss skier won her first career podium in GS.

Local favorite Meta Hrovat, daughter of village mayor Janez Hrovat, finished fourth after the first round, followed by Tessa Worley fifth.

Worley, the two-time world champion from France, finished second behind Bassino on Saturday after setting the fastest time in the final round.

World Cup leader Petra Vlhova had 1.43 seconds to catch up in the second set and Federica Brignone, the reigning overall champion, was 1.89 behind.

This weekend’s races were moved from Maribor due to a lack of snow.

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