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

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

Italy's Francesca Marsaglia waves after completing the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Gero Breloer/Associated Press

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)
RankNationalitySkierTimeTime Difference
1SLOTina Maze1:17.88
2SWEJessica Lindell-Vikarby1:18.40+0.52
3ITANadia Fanchini1:18.53+0.65
4AUTAnna Fenninger1:18.73+0.85
5USAMikaela Shiffrin1:18.79+0.91
6GERViktoria Rebensurg1:19.24+1.36
7SWEMaria Pietilae-Holmner1:19.45+1.57
8ITADenise Karbon1:19.49+1.61
9FRAAnemone Marmottan1:19.69+1.81
10AUTElisabeth Georgl1:19.84+1.96
11SUIDominique Gisin1:19.99+2.11
12FINTanja Paoutainen1:20.12+2.24
13AUTMichaela Kirchgasser1:20.39+2.51
14SWEKajsa Kling1:20.47+2.59
15SWEFrida Hansdotter1:20.51+2.63
16SUILara Gut1:20.54+2.66
17FRAAnne-Sophie Barthet1:20.71+2.83
18NORNina Loeseth1:20.78+2.90
19SLOKatarina Lavtar1:21.22+3.34
20CANErin Mielzynski1:21.25+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.