Shiffrin, Bassino, Mayer and Dressen top the podiums in North America

It’s the fourth consecutive slalom victories for Shiffrin in Vermont, the American ski star emerged victorious in front of 11.000 screamings fans, putting together two hand-charging runs. 

With her today’s performance, Mikaela equals Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women’s World Cup career list with a 62nd win. The record of 82 race wins is now held by Linsdey Vonn. 

“The record’s keep going, don’t they?” Mikaela laughed. “It’s different from what Ingemar was able to do, or what Annemarie was able to do – to me, with these amazing racers, their records will last forever. It’s a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does…the way that we all work together – it’s like a family, and we’re just doing the best we can every day.”

In 2016, she won the Killington slalom with Croatia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova in second and Holdener in third. In 2017, Shiffrin mopped the floor, beating Vlhova by 1.64 seconds and Austria’s Bernadette Schild by 2.67 ticks in Vermont. Last year was tighter with Shiffrin, Vlhova (plus 0.57) and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter. 
This year she crossed the finish line on her second run with a 2.29 seconds margin over Petra Vhlova and Anna Swenn-Larsonn in third 2.73 seconds behind. 

Petra Vlhova finally clinched her first seasonal podium after an unlucky start of the competition period, and the Swedish skier conquered her third World Cup podium. 

Shiffrin is leading the Overall standing with two slalom victories and two giant slalom podiums. Second place is held by Michele Gisin of Switzerland, who placed ninth in Killington’s slalom race, 4.28 seconds behind Shiffrin.

The Women’s tour is now moving on to Lake Louise to kick off the women’s speed season.

Mayer takes first Super G of the season

Once again perfect conditions in Lake Louise welcomed 61 racers for the first Super G of the season. Matthias Mayer (AUT) showed great confidence and top-level skiing, securing his sixth World Cup victory, the third one in this discipline. Dominik Paris (ITA) finished second and Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Mauro Caviezel (SUI) in joint third.

Mayer had finished four times second in the Canadian venue, but had never managed to win in Lake Louise before today. Mayer celebrates the start of the season and returns to victory after more than a year.

“It’s always special to get a win in the first (Super G) race of the season. I think I made the difference in the second part of the course. I knew there were many strong guys down there, so I tried to push hard and give everything”, said Mayer.

Dominik Paris confirmed his speed skills and good condition, taking once more the second spot, 0.40 seconds behind the Austrian.

Caviezel and Kirechmayr also showed strong performances, cutting both the finish line only 0.09 seconds behind Paris. For the second time in two days, two athletes had to share the third spot of the podium, showing how close it can get!

Matthias Mayer is now leading the overall ranking, with 161 points, just one point ahead of Paris. 

Thomas Dressen, what a comeback!

After exactly one year from his last World Cup race, Thomas Dressen (GER) secures his third World Cup victory in Lake Louise, ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA) and the Swiss pack composed of Carlo Janka and Beat Feuz, both in joint third.

It’s an incredible day for the German skier, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on 30th November 2018 in Beaver Creek and came back to competitions today in Lake Louise, topping the podium with a very solid and smooth run. 

Dressen was really enthusiastic: “I have no words, I don’t know what to say. Finishing in the top 10 would have been already a great result, but winning on the day of my comeback is just unbelievable!” 

Runner-up Dominik Paris also made the most of the great conditions of the slope and the clear skies, concluding in second just 0.02 behind Dressen. 

For Swiss Janka, the fastest in both training runs, it’s the first podium after more than two years. Janka (+0.26) shares the third spot on the podium with teammate Beat Feuz, the winner of last season’s Downhill Globe.

Marta Bassino claimed her first World Cup victory

The Italian flag stands on Killington Audi FIS World Cup finish area with two Italian skiers on the podium occupying the highest steps.
Marta Bassino notched her first alpine skiing World Cup win launching her day with an attacking first run of 49.05sec on a course shortened because of gusting winds at the planned start line.

The two runs start has been moved down to the reserve position due to wind in the morning, despite that the course crew and organisers pulled off an exceptional event for today’s Giant Slalom. 

Marta demonstrated a complete mastery of skiing by completing her race with the third-fastest time and a total of 1min 38.19sec to win by 26-hundredths of a second.

Brignone, winner of the Killington giant slalom last year, delivered a storming second run of 48.81. She clocked the quickest second run climbing the ranking by six positions finishing with her 20th career podium. 

Home favourite Mikaela Shiffrin skied in front of enthusiastic home fans, settled for third with a combined time of 1:38.48.
Shiffrin remains in search of a first giant slalom win at Killington, where she has won three slalom races.

The young New Zealander Alice Robinson, who pipped Shiffrin to win the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, failed to finish the first run. Robinson surprised all with her presence in Killington after a bone bruise in her left knee. She decided to take part in the second Giant Slalom of the season after the all-clear message from the doctors. 

Source: FIS