Shiffrin is vincible after all.
Mikaela Shiffrin, after winning five times continuously, she struggled hard enough to win another time on Friday in Austria but unfortunately she dropped from 1st to 5th following a World Cup giant slalom event’s second and final run.
Shiffrin, who is 23 years old, leading with his overall achievements by a huge margin the World Cup after winning 7 times already in this season, but she tried hard in Semmering as Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova showed anger to her first win in giant slalom and 5th victory of his career.
She has a lead of 0.02s from Stephanie Brunner an Austria’s player after run 1 but her 2nd attempt was well behind the pace as Brunner, Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg and France’s Tessa Worley also came by.
Shiffrin tweeted on twitter:” Congratulations to Petra on her historic GS victory today! Petra is always pushing me, and has been for a long time. Congrats to Viktoria Rebensburg & Tessa Worley too! Not my day today, by the way I’m looking forward to slalom tomorrow. Catch it at 5pm EST on.”
Shiffrin said to reporters: “It was tricky, it was really tight but sometimes you push over the limit or in the wrong way,”
She got one more opportunity to set a record of fifteen continuous victories in a single year on Saturday in slalom at Semmering.
Due to the injury she is yet to begin her farewell season with her team partner Lindsey Vonn, Shiffrin has gathered all the public attention this time and moved her career score of World Cup victory to fifty, comprising double wins in St. Moritz and Courchevel earlier than the Christmas.
Out of 6 alpine disciplines this season, 4 has now been won by Shiffrin i.e. slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom and super-G. The only missing things are the wins in downhill and the combined event.
Her target now is a 3rd straight World Cup overall crown and 4rth back-to-back slalom world title at the World Championships in February, at Are Sweden.
The two homegrown sportsmen Christof Innerhofer and Dominik Paris succeeded in achieving the top standings in a men’s world cup downhill, that was very challenging, on an infamous bumpy, long and icy Stelvio track, in Bormio, Italy.
Dominik Paris secured his 1st victory of the season and a third that equals the record by 0.36s from Innerhofer at Bormio with the downhill world champion of Switzerland and Olympic bronze medalist Beat Feuz in 3rd.
Paris stated to the reporters: “It feels amazing, it was a big dream to make a triple on this very difficult slope,”
“Bormio is always very tough. It’s not easy to arrive on the bottom when it’s so bumpy and icy. But I tried to push really hard and today I’m the lucky one.
“I like it when it’s very difficult and icy because you need tactics on the course, not just going straight down.
“The bottom is always a challenge because the legs are burning and you have to battle to the finish.”
Bryce Bennett, the rising star of US who is just 26 years of age, secured one of his career’s best 4th in November to include to a 9th in Beaver Creek.