Linsey Vonn (USA) kurz vor dem Ziel

Small but mighty!

Defending Giant Slalom World Champion Tessa Worley is once again among the top favourites for the race in Ofterschwang

Only 1.57 metres in height, Tessa Worley ranks nonetheless among the greatest skiers within the World Cup circus. A few weeks ago in Schladming, the 23-year-old French racer celebrated the greatest success of her career at the World Championship, winning the Giant Slalom title with the fastest times in both runs. Worley also counts among the hottest favourites to claim the victory in the Giant Slalom on the Ofterschwanger Horn (Saturday, 10.30 am).

She was born in Annemasse, a small French town in the border region to Switzerland, on 4 October 1989. Her mother is French, her father Australian. And that is why she spent the first years of her life alternating between France (in summer) and New Zealand (in winter). At the age of seven, she joined a ski club and in November 2004, she took part in her first European Cup race. The first World Cup race for Worley was the one on the Ofterschwanger Horn on 4 February, 2006, where she skied to the 29th place in the Giant Slalom. Three races later, the French skier already showed that she's a force to be reckoned with: She placed fifth in her fourth World Cup race in Sölden at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season. In November 2008, Worley claimed her first victory in Aspen (USA), again in the Giant Slalom. Since then, she has been able to add six more World Cup wins to her score.

When asked about her hobby, Tessa Worley is a typical women: she loves shopping. Music and good films are also some of her favourite pastimes. Among the athletes of the Alpine World Cup circus, the French racer is also one of the greatest supporters of social media. A look at her Facebook page will reveal that she has already 9,000 fans, who she regularly provides with photos and personal impressions from the World Cup events. Maybe Worley will also have good news for her fans from Ofterschwang at the end of this weekend...

Immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen: Tessa Worley (Foto: Stephan Schöttl)
Immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen: Tessa Worley (Foto: Stephan Schöttl)