EagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin won her third crystal globe of her remarkable 2018-19 World Cup season Thursday, finishing fourth in the final super-G of the season in Soldeu, Andorra, to claim the season super-G title.
Shiffrin, who turned 24 on Wednesday, has already won the overall World Cup globe – her American-record-tying third straight – and her sixth slalom title. She has a shot at winning one more discipline globe in the upcoming giant slalom at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu.
“It’s special because I really never thought I could be in this position this season already in super-G,” said Shiffrin, who has won all three super-G races this season and the world championship in the discipline. But before this season she had never won in the speed event.
Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won Thursday’s super-G.
Shiffrin will look for her record-expanding 16th win of the current season in Saturday’s slalom, followed by her bid to claim the GS globe (she leads by 96 points) on Sunday.
Here’s the U.S. Ski and Snowboard press release on Thursday’s super-G:
On a sun-drenched day racing on perfect snow, Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) won her third FIS Ski World Cup Crystal Globe of the 2019 season after finishing fourth in the super-G at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra.
“It was super, super fun to ski,” a smiling Shiffrin said. “There were a lot of blind rolls and spots where you wanted to be tactical, but still like always in super-G, you have to go crazy. So I had some moments where I was thinking ‘whoa, maybe I lost it there!’ I was trying to go full-gas, but it was super fun and the conditions were perfect.”
Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won, as Austria’s Tamara Tippler was second at .15 back, and Italy’s Federica Brignone was third at .34. Shiffrin was .44 off Rebensburg’s winning time.
Shiffrin was the World Cup super-G leader heading into the Finals, having won all three super-G events this season. However, both Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein and Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria were well within striking distance of the taking the overall super-G title. But Weirather – a seven-time overall World Cup super-G champion – did not finish Thursday’s race, and Schmidhofer tied with Shiffrin for fourth, handing the three-time overall World Cup Champion and six-time World Cup slalom champion her first career super-G title.
“When I saw I was tied…with Schmiddy and ahead of Tina, that’s crazy. What a season!” Shiffrin said.
Up next, Shiffrin will compete in slalom Saturday at the World Cup Finals, and giant slalom Sunday. She has already wrapped up the slalom title and the overall World Cup title and leads the giant slalom standings by 97 points over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova.
“I’m going to take a bit of a recovery day (Friday), then go for slalom and go for GS and see what’s possible,” Shiffrin said.
All times EST
Thursday, March 14
11:00 a.m. – Men and women’s World Cup Finals super-G – Soldeu, AND – NBCSN*
Saturday, March 16
4:00 a.m. – World Cup Finals men’s giant slalom run 1 – Soldeu, AND – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. – World Cup Finals women’s slalom run 1 – Soldeu, AND – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. – World Cup Finals men’s giant slalom run 2 – Soldeu, AND – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 a.m. – World Cup Finals women’s slalom run 2 – Soldeu, AND – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
Sunday, March 17
4:30 a.m. – World Cup Finals women’s giant slalom run 1 – Soldeu, AND – OlympicChannel.com& NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. – World Cup Finals men’s slalom run 1 – Soldeu, AND – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. – World Cup Finals women’s giant slalom 2 – Soldeu, AND – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 a.m. – World Cup Finals men’s slalom run 2 – Soldeu, AND – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. – World Cup Finals women’s giant slalom – Soldeu, AND – NBCSN*
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