Bernadette Schild leads WCup slalom after 1st run

JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer Published:

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) -- Bernadette Schild posted the fastest time in the first run of a World Cup slalom race on Tuesday, well ahead of her older and more famous sister.

Schild clocked 51.71 seconds. Marlies Schild, who has 33 World Cup slalom wins, was third, .13 seconds behind Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and .20 adrift of her sibling.

Nine years younger than her sister, Bernadette Schild is still looking for her first World Cup win and nowhere near beating her sister's many achievements.

"I think it's going to take me a while to do that," the younger Schild joked.

Marlies Schild won the slalom world championship in 2011 and took slalom bronze at the 2006 Olympics.

World champion Mikaela Shiffrin has a lot of work to do. Starting first under clear skies and mild temperatures, the 18-year-old American managed the seventh best time on the powdery Stade Emile Allais course.

"Not my best run. Hopefully I can pick it up for the second run," Shiffrin said. "I didn't have a great feeling. I was just a bit nervous ... Sometimes I don't get that great feeling I want in the morning. I thought I had that today but it didn't go how I want."

Former overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch started strongly before going off course, while Tessa Worley -- a Frenchwoman who won a giant slalom in St. Moritz last weekend -- went back on her skis and appeared to injure her right knee.

Worley toppled backward before twisting forward and landing in the safety netting.

She lay still for a few moments before getting slowly back up. She was taken down the slope on a stretcher and to a hospital in Lyon, where she was to undergo tests. No further information was immediately available.