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Mathieu Faivre (FRA) won gold in the men’s giant slalom at the Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, following an uncharacteristic fall on the second run from his teammate and race leader Alexis Pinturault (FRA).
Pinturault had been heavy favourite for the title pre-competition, and his odds had shortened even further after he put down a flawless first run, finishing 0.40 seconds ahead of the second-placed skier, Luca De Aliprandini (ITA).
Top of the overall giant slalom World Cup rankings, and dominating the discipline going into the world championships, Pinturault has barely put a GS ski wrong all season. But he faltered in what should have been the biggest moment of his career, blowing out of a race for the first time since March 2018.
It was Faivre’s second gold medal of the championships, after he won the parallel giant slalom race on Tuesday. He is the first Frenchman to win two golds at a single world championships since Jean-Claude Killy won four in 1968.
De Aliprandini, though, was responsible for the biggest cheer of the day: his silver medal was the first podium place for an Italian man during the championships.
Marco Schwarz, winner of the Alpine combined, and a leading contender for the men’s slalom on Sunday, won bronze, continuing a great tournament for him and his Austrian team.