FIS World Cup star follows first downhill podium with historic Lake Louise victory.
American star Mikaela Shiffrin recorded yet another amazing feat in her glittering alpine skiing career with her first ever FIS World Cup downhill win at Lake Louise from German Viktoria Rebensburg and Michelle Gisin.
The field started 460 metres lower than they did in Friday’s downhill due to a power outage at the resort.
Shiffrin revealed, “It was strange but when they said they were moving the start down, actually for me that was really good because I’m not the fastest on the top flats. Yesterday I was really strong on the bottom part, which is more technical.”
Italy’s Sofia Goggia finished in ninth place, while American legend Lindsey Vonn returned from her bad Friday crash to finish a respectable joint 12th.
Mikaela Shiffrin fact file
– Both parents were former ski racers and introduced her to the alpine sport.
– Shiffrin has only ever entered four downhill races, all of them in Lake Louise.
– Her helmet bears the initials ABFTTB, which means always be faster than the boys.
– She is the queen of slalom after four FIS World Cup titles in the last five years.
– The Vail native will defend her Winter Games slalom title at PyeongChang on February 14.