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American Mikaela Shiffrin has pulled off some amazing wins this season, but perhaps none more inconceivable than her win on March 14. Over the course of the 2018-‘19 season, Shiffrin, who turned 24 on March 13, went from never having won a World Cup super-G race to becoming the Super-G World Champion and World Cup Super-G Globe Winner.
What’s more: Shiffrin didn’t podium in Thursday’s World Cup super-G final in Soldeu, Andorra. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won the race, with Austria’s Tamara Tippler and Italy’s Federica Brignone rounding out the podium in second and third.
Shiffrin tied for fourth with Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer, who was ranked third in the super-G discipline going into the final and also had her eye on the Globe. But Shiffrin, who won all three World Cup super-G races this season, already had a 50-point lead over Schmidhofer going into this race, so the additional 50 points she earned in today’s super-G was enough to clinch the Super-G Crystal Globe.
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, ranked second in super-G and trailing Shiffrin by only 32 points going into the final, failed to finish the race.
“In the start I had no idea how it went with Nicki [Schmidhofer] or Tina [Weirather], but I knew it was going to be a battle and everybody would be going for it,” Shiffrin said after the race. “The way I’ve been skiing super-G all season, I didn’t know if it would be enough to win. But I knew that I could be aggressive and that I had a good chance for the Globe, but I had to focus—on my skiing and on my tactics. It worked out just enough.”
“I’ve dreamed about someday maybe being able win a globe in super-G, but I wasn’t expecting anything like this this season. For sure there were a lot of tough races on the speed side—a lot of cancellations. But I was in a position to have this opportunity today, and I’m so happy.”
With three World Cup Crystal Globes from this season already under her belt, Shiffrin will look to add a fourth in giant slalom on March 17—her first Globe in this event.
Last year, Shiffrin ranked third overall in GS, behind Rebensburg who took home last year’s GS Globe and Tessa Worley of France, ranked second. This year, Shiffrin leads the GS standings by 97 points, with Vlhova in second and Worley in third.
Shiffrin will also start in the slalom final on March 16, despite already having secured her sixth career Slalom Globe thanks to her 243-point lead over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova heading into the final.
Men’s Super-G Final
On March 14 the men also competed in their final super-G race. Italian Dominik Paris clinched his second win in Soldeu after having won the downhill final on March 13. Thursday’s super-G win earned Paris his first World Cup Crystal Globe. Switzerland’s Mauro Caviezel finished second in the super-G and Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr in third.
American Travis Ganong, who finished 10 in Wednesday’s downhill final, had another impressive run in the super-G to land a 13 place finish, ranking him 16 in the world in super-G now, up from a 31 rank last season.
U.S. teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle wasn’t far behind, finishing 16 in Thursday’s super-G. Junior World Champion River Radamus, who earned a spot in the World Cup Finals after winning the FIS Junior Worlds super-G and GS in February, finished the Soldeu super-G in 19.
See full results and a timeline of events in Soldeu here.