The weather has been threatening all week in Åre and the elements certainly ramped up their barrage yesterday. Rain, high-speed winds and temperatures well above zero Celsius once again challenged both athletes and organisers but the event was able to go ahead, alebeit at the reverse start position.
Mikaela Shiffrin was arguably the favourite going into the event, but the American failed to put together the perfect run in the first heat finishing fourth, behind Viktoria Rebensburg, Petra Vlhova and Ragnhild Mowinkel.
The gusting winds coupled with the soft snow made the second heat even trickier, but Shiffrin was able to improve under the floodlights moving narrowly ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, securing the bronze medal.
After the race, Shiffrin commented “There was more fighting, and it was more aggressive and more deserving of the podium. So I’m really happy with that and coming away tonight with a bronze medal after the gold in super G is very much a dream come true”.
Petra Vlhova managed to take the led on her second run with a time 38-hundredths faster than Shiffrin. This nearly wasn’t enough to secure gold with Viktoria Rebensburg leading for most of her second run. Unfortunately, the German athlete lost ground right at the end and had to settle for silver.
The final podium positions were as followed:
- VLHOVA Petra (SVK) – 1:01.10 (2) 1:00.87 (3) 2:01.97
- REBENSBURG Viktoria (GER) – 1:00.91 (1) 1:01.20 (9) 2:02.11
- SHIFFRIN Mikaela (USA) – 1:01.35
Tomorrow’s event is the Men’s Giant Slalom!