Watch: Mikaela Shiffrin’s Run To Lead at Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2023/24

Published 12/28/2023, 10:15 AM EST

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Today marks the adrenaline-packed climax of the 2023 women’s World Cup giant slalom in Lienz. As the world’s fastest female skiers gather at the challenging Schlossberg race venue, anticipation soars for a thrilling two-day showdown. With Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami narrowly leading the standings, closely trailed by Italy’s Federica Brignone and the determined Mikaela Shiffrin from the Stifel US Ski Team, the competition for top honors remains intense.

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In an exceptional display during race one, Mikaela Shiffrin showcased unparalleled skill, dominating the challenging course conditions in the women’s World Cup giant slalom. Shiffrin’s adept control and strategic aggression on the Schlossberg course set her apart, as the track’s mix of grippy snow and icy patches posed difficulties for numerous competitors.

Mikaela Shiffrin’s commanding performance and trials

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Recently, Eurosport shared an interesting post that included Mikaela Shiffrin’s perfect and relaxed skiing. It was captioned as ‘Mikaela Shiffrin leads the way in Lienz!‘ She wasn’t struggling at all. Shiffrin showcased her exceptional prowess in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup by outclassing Sara Hector, Sweden’s reigning Olympic GS champion, with an impressive lead of 0.63 seconds. Negotiating the challenging Schlossberg course, Shiffrin surged ahead, leaving her competitors trailing by more than a second, with Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel securing a commendable third position, 1.03 seconds behind the American skiing sensation.

 

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Despite Shiffrin’s remarkable record of 21 World Cup giant slalom victories for women, she is yet to secure one this season. Meanwhile, Lara Gut-Behrami, the Swiss skier leading the discipline’s season standings, finished fourth and faced a significant 1.49-second deficit to overcome in the event’s second leg later that Thursday. The race encountered several interruptions due to incidents involving a forerunner’s injury and former World Cup GS champion Marta Bassino sliding off course into the safety netting, although she appeared unharmed.

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The thrilling dynamics of Alpine Skiing’s point system

Alpine skiing world is highly competitive with top racers wanting to win at every moment, increasing the stakes for the sport. Well, Mikaela Shiffrin is a proven champion and she understands her potential to close gaps by securing wins with the point system amplifying the thrill. Winning brings 100 points, 80 for a second place and 60 for a 3rd place. It is hot in the race and Petra Vlhova is not very far behind, so the competition is going to be intense between these two experienced racers.

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The sudden void of women’s World Cup racing in Lienz last season intensified the exhilaration. In the prior Lienz GS event in December 2021 Mikaela Shiffrin missed the podium but still finished the season as the second-ranked skier in Giants Slalom discipline.

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