Johnson, Shiffrin Take Top 10 in St. Moritz Downhill
It was a great day for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team women’s speed team at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Breezy Johnson scored a fifth place finish and Mikaela Shiffrin was right behind her in sixth place. Tricia Mangan also nabbed a career-best 17th place result, and Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Lauren Macuga grabbed her first World Cup points in 30th.
Johnson has been battling back from a knee injury last winter, and the seven-time podium finisher has been looking to find her way back to the top three. The result in St. Moritz felt like a good start. “I just tried to ski with passion and commitment," said Johnson. "It worked out so I am really happy with the result and will try to keep building on this."
The top three finishers for the downhill included Italian skier Elena Curtoni in first, Sofia Goggia of Italy in second and Swiss skier Corinne Suter in third.
Mangan's 17th place finish was her best finish since 2018 and her second time scoring World Cup points. Macuga nailed her first points in 30th.
Keely Cashman and Bella Wright also raced in the downhill. Cashman landed in 38th place and Wright did not finish.
The conditions were noticeably difficult on the St. Moritz track. Many athletes noted that it took real determination to make it down fast.
“It was definitely a challenging day with the snowfall and the flat light,” said Wright. “It was dark and bumpy out there you couldn’t see a lot,” agreed Johnson.
The women have another downhill on Saturday.
On the men’s circuit, the super-G in Val Gardena was canceled Friday due to poor weather conditions and fog. They will continue the speed series with a downhill on Saturday.
HOW TO WATCH
Saturday, Dec. 17
Men’s Val Gardena Downhill Dec. 17th, 5:45 a.m. ET https://skiandsnowboard.live/
Women’s St. Moritz Downhill Dec. 17th 4:30 a.m. ET https://skiandsnowboard.live/
Sunday, Dec. 18
Women’s St. Moritz Super G Dec. 18th 5:30 a.m. ET https://skiandsnowboard.live/