The women’s Giant Slalom in Kronplatz in Italy provided lashings of joy for the home crowd, as two Italian skiers made it onto the podium.
Federica Brignone stunned the field by taking first place, and Marta Bassino added a third place to Italian honours.
Brignone hurtled down the course to snatch the race from the overall Giant Slalom world cup leader, France’s Tessa Worley. Worley had to settle for second.
Bassino’s third place means the Italian women’s outfit gets a collective boost for the team events later in the season, but she will be kicking herself when she realises how close she came, just a few hundredths of a second, to something much better.
The unquestioned champion of the event, America’s Mikaela Shiffrin is the reigning Slalom champion and overall World Cup leader, but she could only finish fifth.