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Mikaela Shiffrin Adds Super-G Win To Downhill Win To Cap Three Days Of Racing In Bulgaria

By Karen Price | Jan. 26, 2020, 8:54 a.m. (ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates on the podim at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 26, 2020 in Bansko, Bulgaria.

 

One last trip down the mountain this weekend ended in another step to the top of the world cup podium for Mikaela Shiffrin.

Capping a busy — and speedy — three days of racing in Bansko, Bulgaria, for the first time in her career, the two-time Olympic gold medalist won her second race in three days with a victory in the super-G on Sunday. The win goes along with a first-place finish in the downhill on Friday and a fourth-place finish in another downhill race on Saturday.

Typically a more technical skier who excels in slalom and giant slalom, Friday was Shiffrin’s 65th world cup win but just her second in the downhill, and this is the first time she’s ever won two different speed events in the same weekend. 

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Her time of 1:10.88 seconds in Sunday's super-G showed an aggressive line that paid off, coming in .29 seconds ahead of Italy’s Marta Bassino. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami finished third with a time of 1:11.58.

This was Shiffrin’s second podium finish of the season in the super-G but her first win in a year in a world cup race, since claiming victory in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Jan. 20, 2019. She did, however, win the world championship in the super-G in February as well as her first crystal globe in the discipline in March. 

Saturday’s win also moved her into first place in the super-G standings, passing Viktoria Rebensburg, and extended her overall world cup lead to 370 points over Italy’s Federica Brignone. Seeking a fourth straight overall world cup title, Shiffrin is also first in the season slalom standings, second in giant slalom and second in downhill. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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