Mikaela Shiffrin earns 66th World Cup win with Super-G victory in Bansko
Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her 66th World Cup victory by winning the Super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria on Sunday.
The double Olympic champion took her second win of 2020 in 1:10.88 to edge out Italy's Marta Bassino by 0.29 seconds and Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami by 0.70 seconds.
Just two days after taking the downhill in Bansko the U.S. alpine skiing superstar mastered the technically challenging course in style further consolidating her first place in the overall World Cup standings. She now sits on 1,125 points ahead of Federica Brignone (Italy/855) and Petra Vlhova (Slovakia/830).
"I took a little bit of a risk," said Shiffrin competing in Bansko for the first time. "I had a really crazy run. I was going really aggressive. It's the perfect surface, it's perfect conditions, and I really like the course, obviously."
After three weeks without a triumph in her favourite technical events, she has now silenced her critics by clinching two speed races in three days.
It was her World Cup-leading sixth win of the season. Shiffrin needs only one more win to tie recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for fourth position on the all-time winning list. Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark remains in top spot with 86 victories.
The American also moved into top position in the Super G World Cup standings 36 points ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany).
Drama to the end
Giant slalom specialist Bassino wearing bib number six got off to a blazing start before making two minor mistakes in the bottom part of the course that might have cost her the victory.
Next up was Gut-Behrami who hadn't been on the podium in an entire year. The Sochi 2014 downhill bronze medallist has been showing improved form as of late and confirmed that trend in the Super G.
Shiffrin drew bib number 13, and it proved to be a lucky number.
The Marc Girardelli course with its many sharp turns seemed to be tailor-made for the 24-year-old. Shiffrin skied aggressively and was rewarded for it posting the fastest run.
But there was a bit of a scare on her way to victory.
Brignone who finished second in both downhills in Bansko led by 0.08 seconds at the last intermediate time before crashing out.
"I saw Marta's run and I thought, 'that looks really good and fast.' And I expected Fede would be just going hard again, too," Shiffrin said. "I know that she's so hungry and motivated and she's skiing amazing right now, it was lucky for me, unlucky for me."
The next World Cup races take place next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Rosa Khutor.