The result was a copy of her maiden triumph in the GS in Killington, Vermont, last season, when she also defeated Brignone.
“We are a perfect couple,” Bassino said. “We have a great team. We worked very well this summer and I think this is the result.”
Petra Vlhova posted the fastest second-run time and the Slovakian racer finished third, 1.13 off the lead.
Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin was 1.30 behind in fourth, while last year’s winner Alice Robinson had a costly mistake in her second run before finishing 12th.
Three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race. The American, who won here in 2014, tweaked her back in training two weeks ago and opted to rest.
Usually, many Italian fans travel to the Tyrolean Alps to visit the season opener, but no spectators were allowed this time as one of the precautionary health and safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It feels really weird,” Brignone said. “For me, Soelden is a lot of noise, a lot of people, crowd(ed), everyone is excited. But this is the compromise to begin the season and I think that is OK.”
Brignone scooped the overall title last season, dethroning Shiffrin who was taking a break following the death of her father just before the remainder of the season was canceled.
“I am just really happy with how I skied and I am really happy that both Nina and I got into the top 15 today,” Moltzan said. “It’s really a strong statement for the U.S. to come into our first race this strong.”
Moltzan said the team got a lot of support from Shiffrin in the build-up to the race.
“I know it was a hard decision for her not to race but she’s been really helpful. She sat down with us and talked about the race hill,” Moltzan said. “I have been texting her all week and she was super supportive.”
A men’s GS on the same hill is scheduled for Sunday.
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