Mikaela Shiffrin finishes 2nd in tremendous-G: ‘I just relished skiing’

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Soon after a nerve-racking and amazingly tricky Beijing Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin is pleased just to get pleasure from her snowboarding all over again.

That tactic paid off Saturday as Shiffrin took a very clear direct in the Planet Cup overall standings by positioning second in a challenging super-G won by the unheralded Romane Miradoli.

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It was an outstanding return to sort on a steep, twisting training course for the American star in her very first race soon after very poor success at the Winter Olympics, having household no medals from 6 activities.

“Following the past pair of weeks I truly take pleasure in this,” said Shiffrin, who was congratulated system-facet by tennis terrific Roger Federer, who has a household shut to the Lenzerheide system.

Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova, the defending overall champion, begun the race tied on points soon after 29 Environment Cup situations this season and eight remaining this thirty day period.

Vlhova finished 18th, a significant 3.31 seconds again, snowboarding promptly prior to Shiffrin, who took gain with a clear run to be just .38 guiding the French leader.

Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States competes during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G on January 23, 2022 in Cortina d'Ampezzo Italy.

Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States competes during the FIS Alpine Ski Environment Cup Women’s Tremendous G on January 23, 2022 in Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy.
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Vlhova dropped 67 details in the general standings powering Shiffrin, who is a a few-time overall winner. Their duel will resume Sunday in a huge slalom.

“This is genuinely excellent right now, that is a constructive detail of training course, but I do not want to get ahead of myself,” Shiffrin cautioned. “I finally just savored skiing for a working day”

“I assume I’ve been actually quite awful to be all-around with my staff,” she explained. “The very last months, not mainly because of the Olympics but of study course that’s a major part of it, it’s just been large. Every thing felt seriously, definitely significant on my mind and on my coronary heart.”

5 of the very first 10 leading-rated starters failed to comprehensive the system on a vivid, chilly working day and Miradoli, in the No. 8 bib, uncovered a near-excellent rapidly line.

Lara Intestine-Behrami, the new Olympic champion in tremendous-G, was 3rd, trailing .88 back of Miradoli who acquired her 1st career podium end.

“Which is a outrageous working day. It’s like a current for all the operate I did right before,” Miradoli, who turns 28 next week. Till Saturday she had a finest end result of fifth in far more than 120 previous Globe Cup commences, and not because a lot more than 3 many years ago.

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One more winner Saturday was Federica Brignone who sealed the year-very long tremendous-G title despite finishing extra than two seconds back again in ninth position.

Brignone, the 2020 total champion, earned adequate factors to increase her lead to a lot more than 100 factors in the willpower standings more than Elena Curtoni, her Italian teammate. Curtoni skied out as 1 of the early starters.

The last tremendous-G of the time is on March 17 at Courchevel, France, for the duration of the Entire world Cup finals meeting.

“I can be at the finals and be absolutely free and delight in my race,” reported Brignone, who also chatted with Federer soon after her race.

Shiffrin said the racers only realized from observing tv around the get started hut that Federer was at the base of the hill waiting for them.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to ski seriously rapidly!’” she stated. “It is really surreal to see that he’s here looking at a ski race and rather interesting for us.”

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