Olympic giant slalom champion Mikaela Shifrin triumphantly opened the new season of the Alpine Skiing World Cup. The American was better than Lara Gut-Behrami in the blink of an eye in Solden. And, on the winner's podium, they were joined by the current champion - Petra Vlhova.
It was the 70th triumph of the American in the World Cup, and she reached it with a time of 2: 07.22. Mikaela Shiffrin as in the best days. The American won the Big Crystal Globe for three seasons in a row, her injuries cut her away from the top achievements, but it seems that in the Olympic year she is again at the required level to "pick up" some more medals, but also regain primacy in the World Cup.
. Mikaela Shiffrin was two-hundredths behind Lara Gut-Behrami after the first race. The Swiss woman was aware that this advantage did not guarantee her anything, that she was lost with a minimal mistake ... The pressure increased after a great second run by Mikaela Shiffrin, who at that moment left the leading Petra Vlhova behind by a second and 30 hundredths of a second.
Lara Gut lacked speed in the last 100 meters of the race on the Rettenbach Glacier, so she flew to the finish line with a 14-hundredth delay in relation to the result set by Mikaela Shiffrin.
The top ten in the Austrian ski resort Zelden were completed by the domestic competitor Katharina Liensberger, Maria Therese Tviberg, Slovenian Meta Hrovat, Valérie Grenier, Tessa Worley, Nina O'Brien, and Ramona Siebenhofer The Italian skiers had a nightmarish start to the season.
Marta Bassino, last year's winner in Zelden, and Irene Curtoni finished the performance after the first run, while Federica Brignone in the second too close, at full speed, approached the gate that catapulted her off the track.
The biggest surprise was the achievement of Canadian Valerie Grenier, who was the first after the fifth run. Canadians have never been on the podium in Solden - not this year either. The pressure and expectations were really big for Valerie Grenier, but she will be satisfied with the result at the start of the season.
On the other hand, the biggest disappointment is Stephanie Brunner. The Austrian again failed to connect two good runs. After the first, she was third, and after drawing the 17th line in Solden. It will be interesting to follow the continuation of the season.
The pressure increased after a great second run by Mikaela Shiffrin, who at that moment left the leading Petra Vlhova behind by a second and 30 hundredths of a second.