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Shiffrin, Johnson Top 10 in Cortina Downhill

By Courtney Harkins
January, 21 2023
Shiffrin Cortina Downhill
Mikaela Shiffrin skis to seventh in the Cortina downhill. (Getty Images/AFP - Tiziana Fabi)

Mikaela Shiffrin led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the second Cortina d’Ampezzo Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill in two days, taking seventh place. Breezy Johnson was just behind her in 10th.

It was a windy day, which forced the start to be lowered and took off nearly 30 seconds from Friday’s downhill, which left no room for skiers to make mistakes. Only .05 seconds separated Shiffrin from the podium, with less than a half second separating second place from 15th. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took her first victory in four years. Norway’s Kajsa Vickhoff Lie came from bib 30 to second place and Elena Curtoni of Italy was third.

Shiffrin is still in pursuit of her 83rd win to become the winningest woman alpine skier of all time, currently sitting at 82 wins. “I am enjoying each race and the process is like an opportunity,” said Shiffrin. “I’m just here trying to figure out the track like all the other racers on the course and see if I can do my best and if it’s good enough to be close to the top. …When I look forward, I see opportunity, but I don’t see pressure.”

Bella Wright also had another great day, skiing to 16th place after her 11th place finish in Friday’s downhill. Keely Cashman skied into the points in 27th. Tricia Mangan was 39th.

The women have one more speed event at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games track on Sunday with a super-G.

Women’s downhill