The unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin followed up her career-first Audi FIS Ski World Cup super-G win in Lake Louise with a second one less than a week later at St. Moritz (SUI). The defending Overall champion and current overall leader skied another near flawless run under sunshine and blue skies to claim her 47th career World Cup victory, surpassing Austria’s Renate Goetschl to claim fourth place on the all-time winners list in the process.
Lara Gut-Behrami secured her first podium finish of the season by finishing second in front of the home Swiss crowd at the same resort where she notched her first-ever World Cup podium and subsequent victory in 2008. Showing long-standing consistency in the discipline, Gut-Behrami and Tina Weirather are the only female skiers to have won a World Cup super-G race in each of the previous three seasons, and they both gave Shiffrin a run for her money.
Weirather nabbed the final podium spot in third place 0.42 seconds off of Shiffrin’s leading time. The 2017 and 2018 super-G discipline winner finished 15th in Lake Louise the previous week and currently sits fifth in the 2019 discipline standings. She’ll be eager for the next super-G stop on the ladies’ tour scheduled in Val Gardena/Gröden on 19th December.
Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada, who returned from injury after missing the majority of last season, produced a crowd-pleasing run from bib 36 to finish in sixth place, matching her career-best result in super-G from the 2013 St. Moritz race. The Swiss team, meanwhile, kept fans pleased by placing three skiers in the top seven.
The ladies tour contests an individual parallel slalom in St. Moritz on Sunday.
Shiffrin unparalleled in St. Moritz with weekend sweep
American Mikaela Shiffrin swept the Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekend of racing in St. Moritz (SUI) by outdueling Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in the big final of the individual parallel slalom race on Sunday after winning Saturday’s super-G. Despite an error in the run that looked to offer an advantage to Vlhova, Shiffrin battled back on the final gates of the course to take the win by a mere 0.11 seconds. It was a repeat of the final from the Courchevel debut of the event last season which Shiffrin also won.
The athletes skied through a variety of conditions throughout the day ranging from heavy snow during the qualifying run inspection to sunshine to blowing snow by the time the race concluded. The race crew worked tirelessly to keep a total of three tracks in great shape for the competitors.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland turned a tough start to the day around after she nearly failed to qualify as one of the top 32 skiers from the morning. With the 31st fastest qualifying run, she faced the No. 3 seed Frida Hansdotter of Sweden in the 1/16th Final. To the delight of Swiss fans, Holdener advanced through challenges from Hansdotter, Irene Curtoni, Lena Duerr, and Katharina Liensberger to claim the final podium spot in third place.
The ladies next race downhill and super-G at Val Gardena/Gröden on 18-19th December.