Shiffrin Seventh in Kvitfjell Super-G
Closing out the women’s speed series in Kvitfjell, Norway, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin landed in seventh place and Breezy Johnson in 19th, battling wild conditions in the super-G.
“This race has been crazy. The track is changing so much with changes to the weather, but it is really fun to ski,” said Shiffrin. “There are many races that are unfair in ski racing, but I am not angry about it because I did a good job with my run and so that’s alright with me, and it’s a positive day.”
The weather played a large role in the race with slip crews out to clear snow to the slick surface underneath as the snowfall intensified. However, the sun came out later in the day giving higher bibs a better advantage, as seen in a podium made up of bibs 31, 29 and 26.
“The girls that came down into the lead are skiing well too, and it's not every day this happens,” said Shiffrin.
It was an Austrian sweep of the podium, the first time in 20 years for the country. In first was Nina Ortlieb, second went to Stephanie Venier and third was Franziska Gritsch. Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Keely Cashman and Lauren Macuga also raced and ended up in 38th and 40th. Isabella Wright did not finish.
The women’s World Cup tour will now move to Are, Sweden for a tech series on March 10 and 11 before World Cup Finals in Andorra. Shiffrin will look to break the record of 86 wins in Are, where she won her first World Cup in 2012.