Giant Slalom Olympics 2014: Women's Alpine Skiing, Run 1, Results and Recap

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Giant Slalom Olympics 2014: Women's Alpine Skiing, Run 1, Results and Recap
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Slovenia's Tina Maze was the big name in the spotlight after Tuesday saw the women's giant slalom get underway, surging into an early lead following her first run.

The 30-year-old used the conditions to her advantage considering she started No. 1 in the order, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 17.88 seconds. Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was just 0.52 seconds behind.

Read on for a full list of the top first run times in the women's giant slalom:

Women's Giant Slalom Run 1 Results (Top 20)
Rank Nationality Skier Time Time Difference
1 SLO Tina Maze 1:17.88
2 SWE Jessica Lindell-Vikarby 1:18.40 +0.52
3 ITA Nadia Fanchini 1:18.53 +0.65
4 AUT Anna Fenninger 1:18.73 +0.85
5 USA Mikaela Shiffrin 1:18.79 +0.91
6 GER Viktoria Rebensurg 1:19.24 +1.36
7 SWE Maria Pietilae-Holmner 1:19.45 +1.57
8 ITA Denise Karbon 1:19.49 +1.61
9 FRA Anemone Marmottan 1:19.69 +1.81
10 AUT Elisabeth Georgl 1:19.84 +1.96
11 SUI Dominique Gisin 1:19.99 +2.11
12 FIN Tanja Paoutainen 1:20.12 +2.24
13 AUT Michaela Kirchgasser 1:20.39 +2.51
14 SWE Kajsa Kling 1:20.47 +2.59
15 SWE Frida Hansdotter 1:20.51 +2.63
16 SUI Lara Gut 1:20.54 +2.66
17 FRA Anne-Sophie Barthet 1:20.71 +2.83
18 NOR Nina Loeseth 1:20.78 +2.90
19 SLO Katarina Lavtar 1:21.22 +3.34
20 CAN Erin Mielzynski 1:21.25 +3.37

You can find the full results on the official Sochi 2014 website

Maze's start to this event is especially impressive considering the Slovenian already has a gold medal to her name, having won the downhill event last week alongside Switzerland's Dominique Gisin.

As Will Davies of Asia Sports attests, the weather was playing its part in the bids of all skiers, resulting in the collapse of more than a few:

However, Nadia Fanchini of Italy was one of those able to deal with the slippery surface, finishing 0.65 seconds off leader Maze while fourth-place finisher Anna Fenninger, winner of the super-G event, doesn't sit far off at 0.85 seconds off the pace.

In her first ever Olympics, Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin was one of the surprise names to be found in the mix following Run 1. The 18-year-old is quoted by the Associated Press (h/t LA Times) saying of her first run:

"Just loosen up my legs and go for it. I was nervous at the start but when I was in the gate I wasn't, I just wanted to ski."

Charles Krupa/Associated Press

The weather in Sochi has been great for the most part, but billows of fog and mist are now beginning to play their part in the action, not to mention rain bearing down upon races that could certainly go without any added difficulties.

Eyes now turn to Tuesday's second runs, where the likes of Fanchini, Lindell-Vikarby and Fenninger will hope to claw down the lead that Maze has amassed.

So far, Maze is responsible for the only gold medal of her nation's Olympics, but she can double both her and her country's tallies should she be able to achieve similar glory in the giant slalom.

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