Mikaela Shiffrin cautioned after winning her first super-G on Sunday — at her most familiar speed-race venue in Canada — that it might not augur success in speed events the rest of the season.
Well, Shiffrin won another super-G in Switzerland on Saturday.
The Olympic slalom and giant slalom champion conquered the St. Moritz course by .28 of a second over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Full results are here.
“I really did not expect to win today,” Shiffrin said, adding that she’s “a little bit sick.” “I was trying to … forget that I won the [Sunday] race and forget that I had, maybe, expectations.”
It’s Shiffrin’s 47th World Cup win, breaking a tie with retired Austrian Renate Götschl for fourth on the women’s all-time list behind Lindsey Vonn (82), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62) and Vreni Schneider (55). Götschl started a record 408 World Cups; Shiffrin passed her in her 139th start at age 23.
She joined Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso as the only U.S. women to win multiple World Cup super-Gs. Vonn is out, likely until January, with a knee injury from a November training crash and is expected to retire a year from now. Mancuso retired last season.
Shiffrin has now won half of the eight races this season, taking a 293-point standings lead as she chases a third straight World Cup overall crown. She picked up her 33rd and 34th slalom victories, plus her maiden super-G wins in her ninth and 10th starts in the discipline. She became the seventh woman to earn World Cup wins in all five disciplines over a career.
Shiffrin is a clear favorite for another win in a parallel slalom on Sunday in St. Moritz (Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, 7:30 a.m. ET).
Shiffrin, who is selective when it comes to entering speed races, will skip the following World Cup downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, according to The Associated Press.
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