Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's super-G on Dec. 8, 2018 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Mikaela Shiffrin: super-G star? It’s certainly beginning to look that way.
The Olympic slalom and giant slalom star picked up her second consecutive win in a world cup super-G race Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, flying over the course in 1 minute, 11.30 seconds, 0.28 seconds faster than Swiss favorite Lara Gut-Behrami. Skiing close to home under a sunny blue sky, Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather earned bronze, 0.42 seconds behind the leader.
For all her slalom glory, Shiffrin has only very recently begun winning in the super-G. The 23-year-old cruised to her first career world cup victory in the event last week in Lake Louise, Alberta, the familiar stomping ground where she also captured her first downhill win a year ago. Last week’s win made Shiffrin only the seventh woman in history to capture gold in all six disciplines, including the newer parallel slalom.
Still, scoring back-to-back triumphs in the super-G left even Shiffrin a little surprised.
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“I don’t know, everything is just working right now,” she told the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team following the race in St. Moritz. “So that’s awesome. That was SO much fun! Perfect weather and a perfect surface.”
Saturday’s super-G start in Switzerland was only the ninth of Shiffrin’s career in the event. Her personal best before last week was a fourth-place finish in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 2017. Only two other Americans — Lindsey Vonn and the recently retired Julia Mancuso — have captured multiple world cup super-G events.
Heading into the weekend, Shiffrin had 46 world cup victories. Her 47th on Saturday breaks a tie with Austria’s Renate Goetschl for fourth place on the all-time list, though she has a few more to accumulate before moving ahead of Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who had 55 during the 1980s and 1990s. With 82 world cup wins, Vonn sits atop the list, followed by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll with 62.
Shiffrin, who is leading the overall world cup standings, has now won four of her eight starts this season. She will get a chance improve her winning percentage even further in Sunday’s parallel slalom.