Shiffrin with a second victory in Bansko - this time in super-G
The three-time overall champion from the United States Mikaela Shiffrin won the women’s World Cup super-G Sunday, January 26th, two days after she won a downhill in Bansko.
It marked the first time in Shiffrin's career that she won two speed events in the same weekend.
Shiffrin used her outstanding giant slalom skills to navigate the many sharp turns on the Marc Girardelli course and beat another technical specialist, Italy’s Marta Bassino, by 0.29 seconds.
“I took a little bit of risk,” Shiffrin said after the race in Bansko. “I had a really crazy run. I was going really aggressive. It’s the perfect surface, it’s perfect conditions, and I really like the course, obviously.”
Former overall champion Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland was 0.70 behind in third for her first podium result of the season.
One of Shiffrin’s main rivals for the overall title, Federica Brignone, was leading by 0.08 at the final split time but the Italian lost her balance as she hooked a gate and slid off the course.
The winner of the previous super-G, Sofia Goggia, skipped the race to rest her bruised right ankle following the Italian’s crash in Friday’s downhill.
With two wins and Saturday’s fourth place in another downhill, Shiffrin left Bansko with 250 points, extending her lead in the overall standings to 370 points over Brignone and 395 over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who finished Sunday’s race in sixth.
After Bansko the women’s World Cup travels to the 2014 Olympic venue in Rosa Khutor for a downhill and super-G next weekend.