Mikaela Shiffrin rallied to finish fourth in a World Cup giant slalom won by Italian Federica Brignone in Killington, Vt., on Saturday, missing the podium by .21 of a second.
Shiffrin came back from sixth after the first run but snapped a streak of three straight GS podiums dating to last season.
“The first run, the snow was almost too easy, and I wasn’t pushing hard enough,” she said on NBCSN. “The second run, I was pushing much harder. … Sometimes I’m giving a little too much in order to make sure I’m staying on the course. The risk factor isn’t always there.”
Brignone, who took bronze in the PyeongChang Olympic GS won by Shiffrin, prevailed Saturday by .49 over Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel. Austrian Stephanie Brunner was third.
The Italian was on crutches three months ago with ligament damage from a preseason training crash. She came back to finish second in the season-opening giant slalom last month and notch her ninth World Cup win on Saturday.
Mowinckel, who earned two silver medals in PyeongChang, led Brignone by .37 after the first run.
Shiffrin is the favorite in Sunday’s slalom, which she won the last two years in Killington. Coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, continuing with live second run coverage on NBC at 1 p.m.
Lindsey Vonn has yet to race in this her farewell season and, after a training crash Monday, will not be at next weekend’s speed races at her favorite venue of Lake Louise, Alberta.
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