Shiffrin Finishes Bulgarian Weekend With A Second Win

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After two Downhill races, American Mikaela Shiffrin had a first and fourth-place finish in Bansko. To round out the final race of the weekend, a Super-G, the young Slalom expert proved that she can win on just about any course by taking her second first-place finish of the weekend.

This win marks the fourth time the young American has won a World Cup Super-G race, however, this does bring her wins total to 66, which is one victory out of third place on the all-time wins list and which is currently held by recently retired Austrian superstar Marcel Hirscher.

“I felt really good on my skis—I felt like I could do what I wanted to do,” Shiffrin said. “But I had to be really aggressive. It wasn’t always perfectly clean, but it was the fastest way I could ski this hill and this course. I’m super excited.”

Taking second place for the second time this weekend was Italian racer Marta Bassino. The young woman finished second during the second Downhill race for the weekend and was able to come in just 0.29 of a second behind Shiffrin. Her teammate, Federica Brignone, a favorite and who currently holds second place in the overall standings, was not able to finish the Super-G due to a crash near the end of the course.

Rounding out the podium was Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami, who was down by 0.70 of a second. This marks the first time she has seen a podium finish in close to a year.

After this race, Mikaela Shiffrin has extended her lead on the overall standings to 370 points with a total of 1,225. Federica Brignone still holds second with 855 points, with third being held by Petra Vlhova, Shiffrin's top Slalom rival, with 830 points. Shiffrin also holds first for Slalom, and now Super-G after this weekend's win. She's also second in Downhill and GS. 

Thumbnail Credit: Mikaela Shiffrin Fanclub/FB


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