Mikaela Shiffrin scores first downhill win
American, 22, a slalom specialist
Lindsey Vonn 12th
It’s a testament to Vonn’s marketability that she is one of only two skiers – male or female – in that list, with her US teammate Mikaela Shiffrin ranking ninth.
The 22-year-old, the Olympic slalom champion and winner of the last three slalom World Championships, bagged her first speed win a day after claiming her first downhill podium place on the same course.
Shiffrin triumphed in one minute 27.55 seconds to beat Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg by 0.13 seconds with Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin (1:27.72) third.
Lindsey Vonn, who crashed in Friday’s Lake Louise downhill, skied with a brace on her right knee and finished tied 12th.
Shiffrin, the World Cup overall winner last season, was competing in just her fourth World Cup downhill race. Of her previous 32 World Cup wins, 26 have come in slalom.
The start was delayed by more than an hour because of a power outage, meaning racers had to ride snowcats or be towed to the top of a shortened course.
“Shortening the distance was definitely an advantage to me because the top section it’s flat and I’m not as good up there,” she told the FIS Alpine website.
‘But from where we started most of the way down it’s fairly technical and I felt really good about that yesterday so I took even a little bit more risk today and it paid off, just barely. But I also had really good light and some of those other girls had fog and it was really dark.
“I definitely know I was lucky today and yesterday but I skied well and I took some risk and it was fun.”