CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 23, 2017) – With the St. Moritz World Championships in the books, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women.
All eyes will be on the young Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who is fresh off a pair of World Championships medals – including a commanding 1.64 second win to grab the hat-trick slalom title. But that’s not even the biggest reason all eyes are on her.
Shiffrin currently leads the race for the big globe, with 1203 points to Swiss Lara Gut’s 1023 points in the overall chase. Sadly, Gut’s season was cut short when she injured her knee in St. Moritz before the slalom portion of the alpine combined. That means Shiffrin’s closest competitor is Italy’s Sofia Goggia, with 789 points. Heading into the weekend, Shiffrin plans to compete in all three events, including Friday and Sunday’s alpine combined events – one rescheduled from Altenmarkt-Zauchensee – and Saturday’s super G. Additionally, she’s leading the slalom standings and second in the giant slalom standings. It’ll be a race to the finish line, and it will culminate on home soil in Aspen, Colorado at World Cup Finals in March.
“It’s a really, really big disappointment with Lara’s injury,” Shiffrin said. “I’m wishing her the very best. The overall, it’s supposed to be a fight. Remember Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze fighting for it—that was so exciting and nerve-wracking for them, but for all of us, it was really fun to watch. There are some girls—Ilka (Stuhec), Sofia (Goggia), even Tessa (Worley)—are not far behind actually. There are plenty of races still that they can make up those points. I’m definitely not changing my focus at all and just trying to finish the season strong. But I was looking forward to a fight with Lara, for sure.”
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) is still finding her form in super G, but she’s looking forward to Crans-Montana. With a top five under her belt in the alpine combined at St. Moritz, she’s feeling confident with both her speed and her slalom skills, despite little slalom training this season. Watch closely as Vonn looks for the podium once again in both disciplines.
Fans can catch all of the weekend’s action on Universal HD, and can stream it live on NBCsports.com/Live.
Crans-Montana, Switzerland – Women:
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID)
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA)*
Anna Marno (Centennial, WY)
Alice McKennis (New Castle, CO)
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO)
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO)
Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR)