The speed specialist already had more than a second on the half-time top trio Federica Brignone, who was eliminated in the slalom shortly after the start, Elena Curtoni (+0.01 seconds) and Shiffrin (+0.06) in the Super-G lost. Siebenhofer’s deficit in the final classification was therefore a whopping 2.81 seconds on the winner. Almost two seconds were missing from the podium.
The other ÖSV women Franziska Gritsch, Ariane Rädler and Katharina Huber had already lost too much time in the Super-G. The Tyrolean Gritsch was eleventh, the Lower Austrian Huber 13th, while the Vorarlberg Rädler was eliminated in the “too difficult” slalom for her. For the Austrians it was the tenth en-suite World Championship race without a single medal.
Shiffrin spoke of a “great day, cold but perfect”. The 25-year-old won four of her six world championship titles in her favorite discipline, slalom (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019) and can continue this successful streak on Saturday. In addition, the winner of 68 World Cup races became Super G world champion for the first time two years ago in Aare. In Cortina, Shiffrin had already clinched bronze in the Super-G before her station wagon victory. Shiffrin already holds a total of nine World Championship medals (six gold / one silver / two bronze) and is number one in the US ski team.
Vlhova was happy about silver because “Mika drove perfectly”. Gisin also shone like bronze. “It is not a given that you win a medal. I made a few mistakes too many in both races to have a chance against the outstanding Mikaela. The re was more in the Super-G,” confessed the 27-year-old. This also applied to her compatriot Wendy Holdener, who had become combined world champion in St. Moritz in 2017 and in Aare in 2019. After the 14th half-time rank, the Olympic third in the slalom had to risk too much and was eliminated.
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