American Mikaela Shiffrin wins the first World Cup race of the season

For those who were hoping for a slight drop in speed from the star of world skiing to expand their prize list, it may be necessary to wait at least another year… The American Mikaela Shiffrin, four-time winner of the big crystal globe, which rewards the skier winning the general classification of the World Cup at the end of each winter, won on Saturday, November 19, during the slalom in Levi, Finland, the first women’s race of the season.

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Shiffrin, 27, beat Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson and her great rival, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, Olympic champion in the specialty in Beijing earlier this year. Gold medalist in 2014 and 2018, Shiffrin had finished these Chinese Olympics without a medal, a cruel disappointment for her.

Third in the first run, Shiffrin clocked the fastest time on the second course to take a 75e World Cup victory. The American is thus approaching the absolute record of Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86) and the total of her compatriot Lindsey Vonn (82).

Levi, located beyond the Arctic Circle, hosted this first women’s race of the new season after the cancellation, in October, of the giant slalom in Sölden due to bad weather, then of the three following stages of the calendar (in Zermatt-Cervinia, between Switzerland and Italy, twice, then Lech, Austria) due to lack of snow.

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The skiers engaged in the World Cup will have a new opportunity to challenge Mikaela Shiffrin, Sunday, November 20, during a second slalom in Levi.

The World with AFP

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