Alpine skiing: Polish skier notches career-best result at World Championships

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Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel achieved a personal best result in her professional career, finishing 6th in the giant slalom of the Alpine World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Another Pole, Magdalena Łuczak, was 19th - her best-ever result as well.

The winner was Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, who came only 0.02 seconds ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin. The Austrian Katharina Liensberger took bronze.

The Polish skier, who will celebrate her 27th birthday on Friday, has been competing for many years, but this season she is in the form of her life and keeps scoring World Cup points regularly. However, never before did she finish above tenth place.

The signs were already promising on Tuesday, when she finished in the top 8 in the parallel slalom giant. Previously, she was 12th in the combined and 27th in the super-giant. It is safe to say that Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel can consider these championships as a success.

Łuczak's 19th place in her debut in the World Championships is also her greatest success in her career. In the first run she was 25th, and in the second - 13th, which allowed her to be promoted to the top "20".

The sixth place of Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel in the giant slalom is the best result of the Polish competitor at alpine skiing World Championships for almost four decades. In the 1980s, sisters Dorota and Małgorzata Tlałka finished in the top ten on several occasions.

The only Polish world championships medalist in alpine skiing is Andrzej Bachleda-Curuś, who won silver in 1974 and bronze in 1970.

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