Her career, her season: everything you need to know about Tessa Worley before the Beijing Olympics (February 4-20).
At 32, Tessa Worley is still one of the best giantists on the planet. Hasn’t she finished in the Top 5 of the Specialty World Cup four times in the last five seasons? And throughout her career, Worley has often returned to the top, after having plunged: a victory in 2013 after two years of drought in the World Cup, world champion in 2017, after two and a half years of difficulty, following a big knee injury, success in the World Cup in January 2021, more than two years after the previous one… Only the Games refuse her. Tessa Worley did no better than seventh at Pyeongchang in 2018.
Tessa Worley ended 2021 well. On December 28, she indeed won the giant of Lienz. It was his 15th World Cup victory (all won as a giant). And Worley then won two more podiums: second from the giant of Kranjska Gora, at the start of January, and third from that of Kronplatz, on the 25th.
The Grand-Bornand skier is currently 12th overall in the World Cup and second in the Giant World Cup. She is also in good shape in super-G (fifth in Zauchensee and sixth in Cortina d’Ampezzo). The Beijing Olympics will have a special flavor for Tessa Worley, since she was designated flag bearer of the French delegation, accompanied by Kevin Rolland.
His main opponent
In Beijing, Mikaela Shiffrin (26) will be the favorite for the gold medal in giants. If the American is above all a specialist in slalom (47 World Cup victories), she also shines in this discipline. Shiffrin has already won the giant Games, in 2018 in Pyeongchang. Four years earlier, in Sochi, she had opened her Olympic record, winning the slalom.
Shiffrin in giant, it is also 14 victories in the World Cup (including two this season in Sölden and Courchevel), a small Globe in 2019 and three medals at the World Championships (but none in gold). This season, Mikaela Shiffrin leads the general classification of the World Cup, engaging in a nice duel with Petra Vlhova.