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Austria’s Schmidhofer wins Super-G with U.S.’ Shiffrin taking World Cup break

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Three-time World Cup Super-G winner this season, Mikaela Shiffrin took the week off to recharge and train while the rest of her fellow competitors headed to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, leaving the door open for a new face to grace the top of the Super-G podium. 

“It will be the first time this season that I’ve had a chance to really take a break,” Shiffrin said after winning the Super-G last week in Cortina d’Ampezzo. “My team as well. My coaches have been going non-stop since the beginning, so we’re going to take a short break, get back on the skis, get back on the slalom skis, get ready for Maribor and the World Championships.”

Shiffrin has said she does not intend to chase the Super-G title this year, but if she continues skiing the event the way she has all season, it may be her’s whether she meant to win it or not.

The U.S.’ Lindsey Vonn, who is chasing the all-time World Cup win record for a man or woman, was also absent from the startlist in Germany. Vonn made her return to the World Cup a week ago in Cortina. However, coming off a jump in Super-G training last week, Vonn felt a new pain surge in one of her knees, which hampered her for the rest of her comeback weekend. After being examined, Vonn said on Instagram she would be starting physical therapy to help lessen severe nerve pain in her knee and lower leg muscles.

For the women in attendance in GaPa, heavy snowfall ahead of competition made for a softer Super-G course at the start of the event. The speed of the course would pick up as the snow became increasingly compacted after each run. Coming out with the win was Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer. Schmidhofer, currently the downhill World Cup points leader, crossed the finish line .23 hundredths of a second ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia.

Full results are here.

Goggia, one of Vonn’s closest friends on the World Cup, made her return to racing this week after fracturing her right ankle before the opening giant slalom of the season back in October.

The U.S.’ Laurenne Ross posted her best Super-G result of the season in GaPa, finishing the day in 14th.

The men’s World Cup skiers competed in slalom today in Kitzbuehel. France’s Clement Noel held off overall World Cup points leader Marcel Hirscher to win his second slalom in as many weeks. Noel took the top slalom prize last week in Wengen. The back-to-back slalom victories are the first top finishes for the 21-year-old Frenchman. Joining Noel and Hirscher on the podium was France’s Alexis Pinturault

Full results are here

World Cup Alpine racing is set to continue tomorrow for both the men and women. On Sunday, the women will compete in the downhill starting at 5:30 a.m. ET. Watch live on Olympic Channel or stream it on NBC Sports Gold. The women’s downhill will also air on NBCSN on Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The men will finish their weekend in Kitzbuehel with the Super-G, starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Watch the men race live on NBC Sports Gold.

Lindsey Vonn loses super-G standings lead, closes in on another record (video)

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Lindsey Vonn gave up her World Cup super-G standings lead by finishing third in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Monday.

Vonn was .28 of a second behind Austrian winner Anna Fenninger, who passed Vonn in the super-G standings. Fenninger leads the American by 32 points with three scheduled super-Gs left this season. Vonn still controls her own destiny in the race for that discipline title.

“Any time you’re on the podium, it’s good,” Vonn told media in Bansko.

Slovenian Tina Maze was second Monday, .16 behind, repeating the World Championships super-G podium order from Feb. 3.

Austrian Nicole Hosp was fourth. The top four women were, in order, the last four (and only) active World Cup overall winners.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champ, made a World Cup podium for the 110th time in her career. She matched retired Austrian Renate Goetschl for second place among women and is now three behind women’s record holder Annemarie Moser-Proell. The overall record is 155, held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn, who plans to race at least through the 2018 Olympics, has 64 World Cup wins, two more than Moser-Proell’s women’s record and 22 behind Stenmark’s overall record.

Vonn reportedly complained of dangerous race conditions in Bansko during a super combined Sunday. She was 24th after the super-G run and opted not to ski the slalom run. Fog wreaked havoc on racing all weekend, canceling events Friday and Saturday and delaying Sunday’s event.

“The snow was really good [Monday],” Vonn said. “I’m definitely happier today than yesterday.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a downhill and super-G in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and Sunday.

Video: Marcel Hirscher wins by greatest time margin in 35 years

Bode Miller ties for bronze to break U.S. record; Andrew Weibrecht surprises for silver

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Bode Miller, 36, showed flashes of former brilliance in Sochi and finally put it all together in the super-G. He put together a vintage performance to tie Canada’s Jan Hudec for bronze on Sunday, making some history in the process.

Even so, he wasn’t the highest finishing U.S. skier, as Andrew Weibrecht shocked for a silver medal.

MORE: Miller’s “emotional” day

This represents Miller’s sixth career Olympic medal, the most of any U.S. Alpine skier. Only Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt has won more medals in Alpine skiing overall. The significance was not lost on him, as he wept on the course following his strong run:

It wasn’t shocking that Norway took gold, but some may be surprised that Kjetil Jansrud was the man who took it, although he’s had a fantastic run in the 2014 Olympics. He’ll add this gold to a bronze from men’s downhill.

Again, to say that Weibrecht’s run was unexpected is putting things lightly. Then again, NBC’s Nick Zaccardi indicates that he’s developing a reputation for big outputs in big moments: