Shiffrin Fourth in St. Moritz Super-G; Cashman and Macuga Crack Top 30
On Friday’s super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin snagged a fourth place finish in the season speed opener.
Shiffrin was joined by teammates Keely Cashman and Lauren Macuga in the top 30. Cashman notched a 24th place and Lauren Macuga scored her first super-G points in 30th.
It was a snowy and overcast day for the race but there was a solid surface underfoot. As racers came down, the light on the slope started to fade, making for a challenging race all around. Shiffrin ran bib 11, initially skiing into the third place spot, but Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami came in after Shiffrin, taking over the third place position. Italian skier and the previous season’s downhill Crystal Globe winner, Sofia Goggia, won the race in dominant fashion, almost a second up from the second place finisher, Austrian skier Cornelia Huetter.
“I love to be in St. Moritz and I am happy with it,” said Shiffrin. “I planned to take an aggressive approach and I did that, some spots maybe too aggressive, but it's the first real run of super-G I’ve had in a while."
The exciting moments for the Stifel U.S. Ski Team continued as the rest of the squad made their way down the course. Keely Cashman ran bib 44 and moved up to the 24th position.
“It felt really good. I had a hard time with super-G last year so this feels like a good start to the season,” said Cashman. “The snow is really good, a little bumpy and the flat light was the biggest thing separating people so you have to trust yourself and trust where you are going.”
Lauren Macuga ran bib 49 and snagged herself a super-G point in 30th.
“I am so excited because it was such a wild run, you couldn't see anything and it was so bumpy,” said Macuga. “I think I finally got my groove back.”
Stifel U.S. Ski Team athletes Tricia Mangan and Bella Wright raced as well. Mangan landed in 38th place and Wright did not finish.
The speed women will switch to downhill for Saturday’s race.
HOW TO WATCH (Times in ET)
Saturday, Dec. 9
4:30 a.m. - St. Moritz World Cup, women’s downhill, skiandsnowboard.live
Sunday, Dec. 10
4:30 a.m. - St. Moritz World Cup, women’s super-G, skiandsnowboard.live