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Competition Corner: Shiffrin Makes History at Lake Louise

Plus the fastest men in the world take on Beaver Creek's famed Birds of Prey.

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In another great weekend of both men’s and women’s FIS Alpine World cup tour racing in North America, Mikaela Shiffrin took her time getting to the podium. Meanwhile, Austrian Max Franz established himself as an early overall leader with the most points on the men’s World Cup circuit. 

Shiffrin’s Historic Win

Mikaela Shiffrin, Lake Louise Training Run
Mikaela Shiffrin mid-downhill in Lake LouisePhoto credit: U.S. Ski & Snowboard/ Steven Earl Photography

The women’s Alpine FIS World Cup tour stopped in Lake Louise, Alberta over the weekend with two downhill races followed by a Super G race. Shiffrin, plus Laurenne Ross and Alice Merryweather, represented the United States in all three events. After just missing the podium during Saturday’s downhill event, Shiffrin found her mojo on Sunday, when she dominated the Super G course and took the win by 0.77 seconds. She became the first racer in history to stand at the top of the podium in all six World Cup races: downhill, Super G, giant slalom, slalom, parallel slalom, and alpine combined.

Shiffrin now leads the FIS Alpine World Cup Overall standings with 489 points, 238 more points than Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin, in second place with 251 points. Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer, who won both downhill races in Lake Louise this weekend, is in third with 224 points.

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Speed and Surprises at Birds of Prey

Ted Ligety Birds of Prey GS
American Ted Ligety at Beaver CreekPhoto courtesy of U.S. Ski and Snowboard

The men on the FIS Alpine World Cup tour made their singular stop in the U.S. this past weekend at Beaver Creek, Colo. The famed Birds of Prey downhill was full of surprises and great skiing, including rock-solid performances by Americans Steven Nyman and Bryce Bennett, who would finish tied for ninth.

It was the men’s giant slalom that featured the biggest surprises of the weekend, including an incredible rise from 21st to third place by Switzerland’s Thomas Tumler, and Germany’s Stefan Luitz making a great comeback after injury last season to beat Austrian Marcel Hirscher to take the gold.

Austrian Max Franz, who won the downhill at Lake Louise last week and the Super G in Beaver Creek, now leads the overall points board with 238 points. Switerland’s Mauro Caviezel, who has stood on three podiums so far this season, is holding on to second place overall with 227 points. Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr is third overall with 211 points.

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In other ski racing news, Lindsey Vonn announced she will return to Lake Louise next year via her brand new YouTube Channel, “Off the Record.”