October 23, 2021
Soelden, Austria (Reuters) -Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States began the alpine skiing season on Saturday with her 70th World Cup victory in her career after a second runaway in Soelden’s Giant Slalom.
The active Olympic champion was 0.02 seconds slower than the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami when he first ran down the Rettenbach glacier, but was faster than anyone else and 0.14 ahead of the world champion.
World Cup overall champion Petra Hova of Slovakia went from 6th to 3rd in a race with about 9,000 cheering spectators enjoying sunny conditions at an Austrian resort, but at the pace of Schifflin. It was delayed by 1.30 seconds.
Italy’s World Cup Giant Slalom Champion Marta Bassino, who won the opening round last year, skated in the first round, and 2020 World Cup general champion Federica Brignone missed the gate in the second round.
Soelden has begun his journey to Beijing and is expected to add three times as much as World Cup champion Schifflin to the previous two Olympic medals (two gold and one silver).
The 26-year-old wants to win four medals from four races at the Cortina d’Ampezzo World Championship last February and compete in all five individual women’s events in Beijing.
After winning his second victory at an Austrian resort, Schifflin said at the finish, “I’m very happy because it’s important to start the season strongly.” She missed last year’s opening round due to a back injury.
“It’s early to start the race already in October. You’re like,” Oh, I’m going here. ” So you may think that people aren’t pushing too hard. They are just trying to use it almost like training.
“But you really have to attack this hill, and I learned a difficult way … it was a good way today.”
(Written by Alan Baldwin in London, edited by Toby Davis)
Alpine skiing-Sifrin begins season with 70th World Cup victory
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