For the first time in almost two years Tessa Worley returned to the winners circle on the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit by claiming top honours in a giant slalom race in St Moritz Switzerland.
Last victorious in February 2012 in Andorra, Worley was the fastest down the hill in the first run and then held on with a clean second run to clock a combined winning time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds.
It was the World Champion’ s eighth giant slalom victory.
Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was hunting her second straight win in the discipline after topping the podium in Beaver Creek Colorado two weeks ago.
But she was to be denied by a slender 0.37 seconds.
She does, however, remain at the summit of the giant slalom standings, 66 points clear of Kathrin Zettel of Austria with Worley third a further seven points adrift.
Reigning overall and giant slalom World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia rounded off the podium in third place on a day current World Cup leader Switzerland’s Lara Gut saw her challenge fizzle out on the first run. Fortunately for the rising star she escaped the wipeout unhurt.
The fourth of eight giant slalom races takes place at the French resort of Val D’isere three days before Christmas although the women are back in action on Tuesday for a slalom in Courchevel.