Mikaela Shiffrin earned her sixty fifth World Cup win — and her first of 2020 — by taking a downhill in Bansko, Bulgaria on Friday.
Shiffrin’s second profession downhill victory got here in by .18 of a second over large slalom rival Federica Brignone of Italy. Swiss Joana Haehlen was third, .23 behind. Full results are here.
“It’s a technical hill, for positive essentially the most technical observe on the velocity circuit, so I used to be wanting ahead to coming right here as a result of that possibly fits me a bit of bit higher than a few of the different typical velocity tracks,” Shiffrin stated. “I discover that basically fascinating to be taught a brand new observe. It’s like a puzzle or one thing, It was fairly thrilling to place every little thing collectively at present.”
Shiffrin, racing in Bansko for the primary time, had not gained her earlier 5 races, all in her extra favored disciplines of slalom, large slalom or the mixed. Her fourth-place coaching run on Thursday confirmed that her first downhill win since December 2017 was doable.
“I wasn’t anticipating this at present,” Shiffrin stated of the primary of back-to-back downhill days in Bansko, “and I’m not anticipating it for tomorrow.
“I felt a bit of bit nervous for this race as a result of the final time I used to be on my downhill skis was in Lake Louise [in early December], so it felt like a extremely very long time in the past. I felt a bit of bit unusual on my skis yesterday.”
Shiffrin, along with her tour-leading fifth win this season, moved two shy of just lately retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for fourth place on the profession record. Ingemar Stenmark (86 wins) and Lindsey Vonn (82) maintain the highest two spots.
Shiffrin and the world’s high racers deal with one other Bansko downhill on Saturday (4:15 a.m. ET) and a super-G on Sunday (3:15 a.m.) on NBC Sports Gold.
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