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Ski sergeant rules the slopes

Published 1050 GMT (1850 HKT) January 6, 2017
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Tessa Worley is the current leader in the World Cup giant slalom standings with two wins and two second places in five races. Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The only time she has not finished in the top two this season is at October's season opener in Solden (pictured.) Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Understandably, there has been plenty of reason to celebrate going into 2017. Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
And this season Worley feels she is back to the sort of form she showed before a fall in 2013. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images North America/Getty Images,
She damaged her anterior cruciate ligaments in her knee and was out for more than six months. She admits she struggled to regain her confidence. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The 2013 campaign was capped by her being crowned world champion and she has shown a repeat of that form this season. Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
But when not tackling the world's best slopes, Worley is also a sergeant in the French Army. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images North America/Getty Images,
She was snapped up by the military back in 2008 as a result of her form on the global circuit. Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
But she is not about to be deployed to conflict, although she has tested herself in training alongside French Special Forces. Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Her biggest rival for giant slalom success is US golden girl Mikaela Shiffrin, with both skiers set to go for victory at this weekend's World Cup in Maribor. Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images