Dominik Paris takes it all in Bormio FIS Ski World Cup

Dominik Paris, Matthias Mayer and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde @ Bormio

BORMIO (KDN) – Italy’s Dominik Paris dominated Bormio Downhill and Super G races by edging out his country man Christof Innerhofer and Swiss’ Beat Fuez on December 28, while making it two in a row on December 29, ahead of Austria’s Matthias Mayer and Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

It was Paris’ first and second win of the season on the Bormio ski course of Italy, one of the toughest and longest ski tracks in the world.

Paris crossed the finish line on the challenging course by clocking a total time of one minute 55.21 seconds to celebrate his first victory. Innerhofer followed him by a margin of 0.36 seconds behind. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz came third trailing Paris by 0.52 seconds.

The downhill winner Paris was on a winning course in Super G on Saturday as well keeping his confidence of the day before, the Italian denied Austria’s Matthias Mayer to get his first win of Bormio who was leading the race until Paris hit the course.

The super G win came after Paris crossed the finish line ahead of Mayer by one hundredths inside the previous best time set by the Austrian. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde made it to the podium as third following Paris 0.46 seconds behind.

Shiffrin becomes best female slalom skier in history

With her 36th career World Cup victory in slalom at Semmering (AUT) on Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. passed Austrian Marlies Schild in the history books to become the most successful female slalom skier of all time. She also became the first World Cup skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year (2018). The previous record of 14 races was held by Marcel Hirscher (also in 2018), and there are no more races for either gender in the current calendar year.

Shiffrin held almost a half-second lead after the first run over closest rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who won Friday’s giant slalom race. The American was able to hold on for the win by a 0.29-second margin. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland rounded out the podium in third after skiing the fastest second run. Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter, who sat third after the first run, skied out on the second run in conditions that challenged a number of competitors. 

A firm surface with some tough turns contributed to 19 skiers failing to finish or being disqualified in the first run and an additional five athletes not finishing the second run. 

Nina Haver-Loeseth of Norway straddled the final flush on course in the first run and slid into the finish area holding her leg. She walked off the slope with assistance but later revealed that she sustained a tibial plateau fracture and meniscus injury that will end her season. She underwent surgery at nearby Meidling hospital on Saturday afternoon and is already on the mend.