Drench skier Fabienne Serrat won the Women's Giant Slalom, the first event of the 1974 World Alpine Ski Championships at St.
Drench skier Fabienne Serrat won the Women's Giant Slalom, the first event of the 1974 World Alpine Ski Championships at St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday (3 February).
The 17-year-old French girl's win helped make up for a bad season for the French ski team. She completed the 61 gates on the difficult course down the Corviglis mountain in I minute 33.1 seconds.
West Germany's Traudl Treichl, a consistent performer who has never won a world championship race, finished just half a second behind. Another French girl, Jacqueline Rouvier was third, and her time was also within a second of the winner's
The 1,290 meter (1,410 yd.) course was a long one even by giant slalom standards and it took its toll of the world's best skiers. Three Swiss girls fell, including Olympic champion Marie-Therese Nadig.
SYNOPSIS: The women's giant slalom was the first event in the nineteen seventy-four World Alpine Ski Championships at St. Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday. France's Fabienne Serrat was fourth off -- after Austria's Kaserer and Proell-Moser. She expected the Austrians to be her main challengers but by half way she was ahead of both of them.
The one thousand two hundred and ninety meter course was long even by giant slalom standards. Seventeen-year-old Fabienne found the visibility and soft snow conditions difficult but she completed the course in the fastest time yet -- one minute forty-three point one seconds.
West Germany's Traudl Treichl had never won a world cup or world championship race, but she is a consistent performer who attacked the sixty-one gate course down the Muntanella Piste of the Corviglia Mountain.
Treichl's time was just half a second behind Fabienne Serrat's
The course took its toll of the world's best skiers. France's Jacqueline Rouvier lost her hat but three Swiss girls including Olympic champion Marle-Therese Nadig lost their balance on the winding obstacle strewn course.
Jacqueline kept her head and her balance. She also finished in one minute forty three seconds, but her time was seven tenths of a second down on teammate Fabienne. Fabienne remained the winner, West Germany's Traudl Treichl was second and Jacqueline Rouvier third. Fabienne and Jacqueline were able to congratulate each other on a result which helped brighten a dismal season for France.