Mikaela Shiffrin, who has long dominated alpine skiing’s technical events, raced to her first super-G world title – a speed event – as Lindsey Vonn clipped a gate midair and crashed in the final super-G of her career as the Alpine World Ski Championships got underway on Tuesday in Are, Sweden.
Shiffrin, who had won three previous world titles in slalom, raced to a time of 1:04.89, holding off Italy's Sofia Goggia by 0.02 seconds and Switzerland's Corinne Suter by 0.05 seconds.
Vonn, the all-time women’s leader with 82 world cup wins, who has been battling persistent injuries, announced she would retire after competing in the super-G and downhill this week in Are.
Vonn, who won an Olympic bronze medal in super-G in 2010, crashed about 21 seconds into the race. However, after being attended to by medical personnel, she was able to get up and ski down the hill by herself. She was one of 14 of the 43 skiers who failed to complete the technical course.
Vonn, 34, will wrap up her career with the downhill on Sunday.
Shiffrin’s win continues what has been a dominant season for the 23-year-old. Already the two-time defending overall world cup champion, she entered the world championships with 13 world cup wins so far this season — already a record for an American — and a huge lead in this year’s standings. Among her wins were three in her past three super-Gs, marking the first three of her career in the discipline.
So far this season she also became the only woman to have won world cup races in all six alpine skiing events and the only skier to have won 15 world cup races in a calendar year. In addition, Shiffrin became the all-time leader in slalom victories, now with 38.
Known most for her ability on the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom — where she won Olympic gold in 2014 and 2018, respectively — Shiffrin is expected to compete for more medals as the competition continues in Are.
Also a world silver medalist in giant slalom from 2017, Shiffrin now holds world medals in three disciplines and world or Olympic medals in four of the five alpine disciplines.