CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland–Spring conditions continued on Sunday in Crans Montana, Switzerland, and they reminded the day’s alpine combined winner, Mikaela Shiffrin, of warm weather skiing back home in the United States. Perhaps this is one the reasons why she was able to take her first win ever in the discipline with a total time of 2:07.16.

In true Shiffrin style, she powered down the slalom run, making up time after her seventh-place super-G run in the morning. Her quick feet put her 0.70 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Federica Brignone of Italy and 0.85 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia in the final alpine combined of the season.

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“It feels great,” the American shared. “I was really psyched with my super-G this morning. I took a really big step forward from yesterday, and I was happy with that. Of course, the slalom was great. I mean I made a little mistake at the top, but I was attacking, so I don’t think it cost too much. I’m happy to go into the U.S. races with the overall lead.”

Shiffrin leads the overall standings with 1323 points, 298 points ahead of Stuhec, who now sits in second place.

“As for my overall lead, I think Ilka’s going to put up a really good fight,” Shiffrin said. “So, I’m certainly not losing focus.”

Because this was Shiffrin’s only alpine combined start this season, she was not in contention for the alpine combined World Cup globe. With her third-place result, Stuhec was able to secure the discipline globe, the first of her career, which the Slovenian called “amazing.”

“I can’t believe it really because it’s something I’ve always dreamed of and now that it’s hear it’s just, ‘Woah,’” she shared.

Sandwiched between the Slovenian and American on Sunday’s podium was Brignone, who ends the season in second place in the discipline standings in part thanks to her victory on Friday. The win gave her the motivation she needed to podium again on the challenging Mont Lachaux slope.

“That slalom gave me a really a good confidence, but I wanted to do it more and again today because it was not easy,” Brignone said. “The slalom is really tough and yeah, I wanted to do it again. I’m really happy.”

The Italian seems to have found her rhythm in slalom, and she has some guesses as to why it’s all coming together–and it wasn’t the snow.

“Actually, normally I love the ice, so I really don’t know in slalom,” she said. “I’m feeling good, and I like this slope and the track and how it was set, so I think that’s all and I’m in shape.”

Just off the podium was the top Canadian athlete, Marie Michele Gagnon of Canada. She was just 0.04 seconds away from third place, earning her best result of the season. Gagnon was joined in the top 15 by teammate Candace Crawford in 15th place, her best result of the 2016-17 season so far. Canadian athletes Valerie Grenier and Mikaela Tommy did not finish the super-G.

For the U.S. Ski Team, Stacey Cook was the lone finisher aside from Shiffrin, earning 23rd place. Laurenne Ross and Jacqueline Wiles did not finish.

Now, many of the athletes are rushing off to the airport to catch flights to South Korea, where they will race and train at the 2018 Olympic venues.

“We’re flying out tonight,” Shiffrin shared. “But I’m not going to race in the speed events. I’m going to try to see the speed hill, get on the tech venue a little bit and then, go to the U.S.”

The World Cup downhill and super-G races in Jeongseon, South Korea take place on Feb. 4-5.


Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  2. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  3. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli / Lange /Atomic
  4. Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  5. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Raghnild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head / Head / Head
  8. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  9. Marta Bassino (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
  10. Maria Therese Tviberg (NOR) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

 1 31 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:21.99 45.17 2:07.16 0.00 100.00
 2 9 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 1:22.34 45.52 2:07.86 +0.70 6.33 80.00
 3 3 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:21.05 46.96 2:08.01 +0.85 7.69 60.00
 4 11 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 1:21.27 46.78 2:08.05 +0.89 8.05 50.00
 5 6 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 1:21.63 46.98 2:08.61 +1.45 13.11 45.00
 6 7 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:22.72 45.98 2:08.70 +1.54 13.93 40.00
 7 17 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:21.46 47.47 2:08.93 +1.77 16.01 36.00
 8 19 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 1:20.69 48.36 2:09.05 +1.89 17.09 32.00
 9 35 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 1:22.11 47.05 2:09.16 +2.00 18.09 29.00
 10 8 426043TVIBERG Maria Therese1994NOR 1:22.65 46.74 2:09.39 +2.23 20.17 26.00
 11 13 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 1:23.44 45.99 2:09.43 +2.27 20.53 24.00
 12 4 56241SCHNEEBERGER Rosina1994AUT 1:22.85 46.83 2:09.68 +2.52 22.79 22.00
 13 29 56199KAPPAURER Elisabeth1994AUT 1:23.17 46.74 2:09.91 +2.75 24.87 20.00
 14 32 206532SCHMOTZ Marlene1994GER 1:23.59 47.18 2:10.77 +3.61 32.65 18.00
 15 38 107387CRAWFORD Candace1994CAN 1:24.22 46.66 2:10.88 +3.72 33.64 16.00
 16 27 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI 1:23.77 47.14 2:10.91 +3.75 33.91 15.00
 17 30 385096POPOVIC Leona1997CRO 1:23.99 47.04 2:11.03 +3.87 35.00 14.00
 18 20 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:23.54 48.06 2:11.60 +4.44 40.15 13.00
 19 39 516394SUTER Jasmina1995SUI 1:23.30 48.34 2:11.64 +4.48 40.52 12.00
 20 33 155699PAULATHOVA Katerina1993CZE 1:24.34 47.43 2:11.77 +4.61 41.69 11.00
 21 26 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA 1:23.52 48.38 2:11.90 +4.74 42.87 10.00
 22 22 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:23.73 48.40 2:12.13 +4.97 44.95 9.00
 23 41 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:23.01 49.49 2:12.50 +5.34 48.29 8.00
 24 46 705394KANTOROVA Barbara1992SVK 1:24.88 48.82 2:13.70 +6.54 59.15 7.00
 25 18 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:21.32 52.87 2:14.19 +7.03 63.58 6.00
 26 45 155503KLICNAROVA Pavla1988CZE 1:24.70 50.66 2:15.36 +8.20 74.16 5.00
Did not start 1st run
 48 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT
Did not finish 2nd run
 28 206355DUERR Lena1991GER
 21 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI
 14 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA
 10 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 47 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
 44 107532TOMMY Mikaela1995CAN
 43 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL
 42 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON
 40 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA
 37 485749PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra1994RUS
 36 56328ORTLIEB Nina1996AUT
 34 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER
 25 298767SOSIO Federica1994ITA
 24 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN
 23 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA
 16 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT
 15 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA
 12 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA
 5 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT
 2 56198SCHEYER Christine1994AUT
 1 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO