FIS World Cup Preview – Aspen 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin is close to mathematically securing the World Cup Overall, which would be a first in her career. Shiffrin, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday 13 March, is about to become the youngest Overall champion since the 2002/2003 season, when Janica Kostelic won at age 21.

Shiffrin would clinch the sixth ladies overall win by a skier from the United States, following four wins by Lindsey Vonn and one by Tamara McKinney. Shiffrin has won four crystal globes, all in the slalom. She could surpass McKinney (4) for second-most crystal globes in all disciplines among U.S. women behind Lindsey Vonn (20).

The last woman to win the slalom and the Overall crystal globe was Kostelic in 2005/2006. Shiffrin can become the first non-European to achieve this feat. Coming into the final week, Shiffrin has secured 11 World Cup race victories this season, five more than the next most prolific woman – Ilka Štuhec (6).

Only two female skiers have won more World Cup races in a single season than Shiffrin’s 11 this term. Vreni Schneider won 14 in 1988/1989 and Lindsey Vonn won 12 in 2011/2012.

 

Štuhec on verge of second crystal globe

Ilka Štuhec has a lead of 97 points over Sofia Goggia in the World Cup downhill standings.  This means if Štuhec finishes in the top 15, she wins this crystal globe. If Goggia fails to win, Štuhec also secures the downhill globe. Štuhec has not finished lower than eighth this season in a World Cup downhill race.

Štuhec can become the first Slovenian woman to win the downhill crystal globe.  The only other Slovenian women with a victory in one of the World Cup standings were Mateja Svet (giant slalom in 1988, representing Yugoslavia) and Spela Pretnar (slalom in 2000).

Štuhec can become the first woman, other than Lindsey Vonn, to win at least four World Cup downhill races in a single season in 10 years (Renate Götschl in 2006/2007).

Vonn looking to close in on Stenmark’s record

Lindsey Vonn has won 77 World Cup races (all disciplines), most in ladies’ events and leaving her nine short of the all-time record set by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark (86).  Vonn’s 39 victories in World Cup downhill races are the most in men’s and ladies’ races in this discipline. Annemarie Moser-Pröll is next with 36 wins.

Only Stenmark (40 in slalom and 46 in giant slalom) have won more World Cup races in a specific event.  Vonn is now on a record 60 World Cup podium finishes in the downhill.  Only Stenmark (81 in slalom and 72 in giant slalom) have claimed more podium finishes in World Cup races in a specific event.

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