It was in the eighth final against home run Federica Brignone that Danioth made one knee.

The Swiss seemed to lie down on his own to stop the race and could after a while be carried out on stretcher with the help of medical personnel.

Of the five Swedes who competed in Sestriere, only Sara Hector and Magdalena Fjällström moved on from the qualification. Fjällström went out in the 16th final against Norwegian Kristin Lysdahl while Hector - eight in a big slalom yesterday - became the best Swedish. In turn, she was knocked out in the eighth against Austria's Elisa Mörzinger.

In the qualifiers the riders each drove in the blue and red lanes each time and so the times were put together. Those with the 32 best total times went to the finals, which was decided in the final form.

Shiffrin fast but knocked out

American star Mikaela Shiffrin was the fastest in the qualifying, but then disappeared directly in the 16th final against Czech Republic's Martina Dubovská.

Won made 24-year-old Frenchman Clara Direz who has never been better than seven in the World Cup before. Elisa Mörzinger finished second and Italy's Marta Bassino third.

- Funny that some new names are coming up, says SVT's expert Pernilla Wiberg.