This weekend cranks up into high gear featuring Downhill and Super-G races for the Men in Val Gardena, Italy, and for the Women in Val d’Isere, France. But before we get started I wanted to highlight some of the important stories from this past week.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – An Emotional first Season Victory
Courchevel (FRA): Last weekend USA phenom Mikaela Shiffrin found her season’s first World Cup win in the Super-G besting Italy’s Frederica Brignone by 0.82 seconds and third place finisher Tessa Worley (FRA) by 1.09 seconds. The win came in an emotional fashion for Shiffrin who fought back tears at the finish line and marking the first victory following the unexpected passing of her father Jeff Shiffrin on February 3rd. The win vaults Shiffrin to 67 all-time victories tying her with Austrian legend Marcel Hirscher for third place in the all-time win’s column. Shiffrin now sets her sights on the records held by Lindsay Vonn (USA) with 82 wins, and the great Ingemar Stenmark (SWE) with 86 wins.
Speaking of Marcel Hirscher…Comeback Rumors?
Reiteralm (AUT): Speculation abounds as the great Austrian Marcel Hirscher has been observed running giant slalom gates with members of the Austrian ski team. Retired in 2019, the 31-year-old dominated the alpine circuit from 2012 – 2019 earning eight Overall Crystal Globes and another 12 individual globes in slalom (6) and giant slalom (6). Hirscher’s (possible) return to the Alpine World Cup would, well, let’s just say, even more interesting. Stay tuned….
A Busy Upcoming Weekend for Alpine speed events…
This Weekend will feature speed events with Val d’Isere (FRA) hosting the women’s races and Val Gardena (ITA) hosting the men’s competitions.
Results for Friday, December 18th:
Women’s Downhill: American Breezy Johnson skied to her first World Cup podium capturing 3rd place in Friday’s Downhill season opener. Johnson’s podium finish stands as the culmination of a series of impressive training runs earlier in the week. Swiss skier Corinne Suter, winner of last season’s Crystal Globe in the Downhill and Super-G continued her domination placing first in the event while fending off an aggressive run by Italy’s Sofia Goggia who fell back into 2nd place by 0.11 seconds. On a disappointing note, Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer suffered a season-ending crash resulting in the ligament rupture in her left knee.
Men’s Super-G: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) was the fastest on the course today finishing 0.12 seconds ahead of Swiss Mauro Caviezel and 0.21 seconds ahead of Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud.
Saturday, December 19th:
- Women’s second Downhill
- Men’s Super-G
Sunday, December 20th:
- Women’s Super-G
- Men’s Downhill
Categories: FIS Alpine World Cup