Shiffrin Golden in World Championship Super-G
Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) took some calculated risks and squeaked out her first gold medal of the 2019 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships, winning the super-G Tuesday in Are, Sweden.
"This is crazy," a surprised Shiffrin said after winning her fourth career World Championships gold medal, just 0.02-seconds ahead of Italy's Sofia Goggia in second, and 0.04-seconds ahead of Switzerland's Corinne Suter in third. "It was a really tight race - seven-hundredths to fourth place, I mean, come, on."
It was a tough day for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), competing in the final super-G of her 18-year career when she crashed hard after putting her body through a panel on a gate and sliding into the safety nets. After a few minutes, Vonn was able to stand up and eventually skied to the bottom of the course where Shiffrin was waiting to give her a big hug.
Despite the victory, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Shiffrin though as she made a miraculous recovery towards the bottom of the course, just sneaking inside a gate at the last possible moment.
“I knew that everybody was pushing really hard, and the surface was amazing, so you could really go for it,” she said. “You had to have the balance between risk and also really nice turns. I was going really aggressive, and just the one spot towards the bottom where I had to fight to stay in the course, but otherwise it was all good and I was accelerating all the way.”
Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.), competing in her first World Championship race, finished 22nd. Almost a one-third of the field didn’t finish Tuesday’s race, including Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.), who also went through a panel and slid into the safety net, but was OK and skied to the finish.
Tuesday victory was Shiffrin’s fourth World Championship gold medal to go along with her slalom titles from the 2017, 2015 and 2013 World Championships. With the first race of the World Championships in the win column, Shiffrin hasn’t ruled out competing in Friday’s alpine combined, or Sunday’s downhill, which is also expected to be Vonn’s final race.
“I’m going to take a minute tonight and talk with my coaches and see what we think we can do for the rest of these World Champs,” Shiffrin said.
Up next, the men compete in super-G at the World Championships Wednesday.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Wednesday, Feb. 6
6:25 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s super-G, Are, SWE - NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Friday, Feb. 8
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s super combined downhill, Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s super combined downhill, Are, SWE - NBCSN*
10:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s super combined slalom, Are, SWE - NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Saturday, Feb. 9
6:30 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s downhill - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBC*
6:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
Sunday, Feb. 10
6:30 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s downhill - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBC*
10:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
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