It was a cold first day at Åre 2019 but the action on slope certainly warmed those in attendance. High-speed winds caused the start position for the Women’s Super G to be moved lower down Åreskutan but it seemed that this had a positive effect on the competition with the top four being covered by only 0.07 seconds!
It was Mikaela Shiffrin who topped the podium a mear 0.02 ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia. In an event that felt like a passing of the crown, Shiffrin was once again in fine form, running the perfect balance between being in control and being fast. While Lindsey Vonn, who announced that she’ll retire following this event, crashed out in dramatic style.
The legendary American skier ran through one of the gates causing her to crash into the barriers at high speed, fortunately she suffered no serious injury but it may reduce her final run later in the week to a farewell tour rather than a competitive time.
After the race, Shiffrin reflected on the day’s event “Even though I made a small mistake towards the end of the course, I felt how well the skis were going and I thought that I still had a chance to finish very fast. Whatever my serviceman put on these skis today, I’ll tell him to do more of that for the next races “.
The medal places finished as followed, with Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg 0.02 seconds off the podium:
- SHIFFRIN Mikaela (USA) – 1:04.89
- GOGGIA Sofia (ITA) – 1:04.91
- SUTER Corinne (SUI) 1:04.94
Wednesday will see the men challenge this gripping Super G course. The race is scheduled to start at 12:30.