NOV 26, 2018
Only four races into the winter season in the Ladies World Cup and the Redster rocket Mikaela Shiffrin is already 114 points ahead of the rest of the world. In the third edition of her home race in Killington (USA) the 23 year old kept a clean slate in the slalom in thick fog and won for the third time in a row in Vermont. In the Men’s speed opening in Lake Louise Mauro Caviezel surprised everyone coming in third place.
“After exceptionally good performance in training we had hoped for more in the downhill”, admitted Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner, “but the super G showed us that we’re right up there at the top.” In third place the 30 year old Swiss man Mauro Caviezel had his best World Cup result (since the super G in Aspen 2017), and after a minute’s skiing he was even leading the classification. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted (NOR) was also on his way to an even better result, but after an error in the bottom section, finally came in eighth place.
FLYING BLIND TO THE NEXT BENCHMARK
In the Ladies Mikaela Shiffrin outshone the whole Redster performance. The 23 year old came in fourth in the giant slalom (“I was missing the right level of aggressiveness”) but continued her winning streak in the slalom. A race, which due to poor visibility, wasn’t really easy to win. “Sometimes I didn’t even know if I was still on course” admitted Shiffrin, who has 310 points after just four races this season (five more than last year) and who’s won all three slaloms in Killington. Just like 25 out of the last 31, Shiffrin has been on the podium at least 29 times. Christian Höflehner: “What I admire most is that while the competition is out there fighting to beat the others, Mikaela is just thinking about her races, winning almost nearly deliberately.” Killington 2018 was Shiffrin’s 34th slalom World Cup victory overall, where she’s now only one win behind her youth idol Marlies Schild. And in Courchevel she’s got the historical chance to equalize on 22nd December.
“What I admire most is that while the competition is out there fighting to beat the others, Mikaela is just thinking about her races, winning almost nearly deliberately.”
MARCEL WARNS SOFIA TO BE PATIENT
While the men are heading over to Beaver Creek now for the downhill, super G and giant slalom, the Ladies group are relocating to Lake Louise for two downhill races and a super G. Sofia Goggia will still be missing (due to a broken ankle), but she’s had moral support from Marcel Hirscher by phone. His good advice: give the bone the full 12 weeks to heal, and don’t risk any premature comebacks. The downhill OIympic winner promised to be patient.