Shiffrin takes win No. 77 to move within 5 of Vonn’s record
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a women’s World Cup Super-G on Sunday to cap off her first speed race weekend of the season with a career No. 77 win.
The result leaves the American skier five wins shy of the women’s record set by former teammate Lindsey Vonn.
Shiffrin finished sixth and fourth respectively in two downhills over the past two days before excelling in the Super-G format.
The reigning overall winner overcame a tricky jump halfway through but otherwise relied on her spot-on timing to master the Corviglia course and finish 0.12s ahead of Elena Curtoni, Italy’s Friday Downhill winner.
“I’ve felt very good the last few days, but you never know, you have to work so hard, especially in the Super-G. It’s always on the limit. Actually, you’re pushing so hard that you might not finish,” Shiffrin said.
“I knew what my tactics should be, I didn’t think about what was going to happen at the finish until I got there. I had a very, very good run so I’m happy with that.”
Romane Miradoli was third for her second career podium, four tenths adrift after beating Shiffrin to win last season’s penultimate Super-G in March at another Swiss resort, Lenzerheide.
Swiss skier Michelle Gisin narrowly missed her first podium of the season in fourth, but relegated Sofia Goggia to fifth a day after the Italian’s downhill win.
Goggia broke two bones in her left hand after hitting a gate in Friday’s race and underwent surgery but returned to racing the next day.
Skiing again with her left hand on her ski pole, Goggia lost two tenths to Shiffrin in the flat start section and more time in the steep turns. She was the fastest in the final leg but shrugged when she saw her finish time.
Shiffrin extended her lead over Goggia in the season standings to 105 points.
Goggia’s teammate Marta Bassino came closest to Shiffrin’s victory as the Italian set almost the same times as the American in the first two splits before missing a goal on the steep section.
The winner of the only Super-G so far this season, Corinne Suter, was 15. The Swiss triumphed in Lake Louise two weeks ago, where Shiffrin did not compete.
The next women’s World Cup races are two giant slaloms and one slalom in Semmering, Austria, December 27-29.
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