Another Top Result for Shiffrin in Lake Louise
LAKE LOUSE, AB (Dec. 3, 2017) – Fresh off her two downhill podium performances, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) continued to prove she is the best skier in the world, finishing fifth in the super-G Sunday at Lake Louise and building upon her overall World Cup lead.
“It was a very, very great weekend,” said Shiffrin, who has finished in the top five of all seven World Cup races so far this season. She extended her overall World Cup lead over Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg, who finished 13th Sunday, to 174 points. “I had a pretty big mistake in the middle section, and a couple spots where I felt like I wasn’t so clean, but with that in mind, to come in fifth place is very satisfying.”
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein took her sixth career World Cup super-G victory Sunday. Swiss Lara Gut proved she has rebounded from last season’s knee injury, finishing second, and Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer jumped on the podium for the third time in her career, finishing third.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) leaned in and slid out, DNFing for the second time this weekend at Lake Louise. Breezy Johnson (Jackson Hole, Wyo.) rebounded from her DNF in Saturday’s downhill to finish 25th. Alice McKennis (New Castle, Colo.) was 29th. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) was 35th and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) was 40th.
“I have to say it’s really, really exciting to race in speed (events) … the biggest thing for me these last few days has been to find the mentality that I can be aggressive and let it go at the same time,” said Shiffrin. “Otherwise, I’m always thinking ‘Oh, I can’t wait to race slalom and GS again!’”
The women’s World Cup tour moves back to Europe with super-G and alpine combined events at St. Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 8-10. Shiffrin gets her chance to race slalom and giant slalom again in Courchevel, France, Dec. 19-20.