AIn the end she couldn’t hold back her tears anymore. In front of her frenetically cheering home crowd in Killington, US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin threw her arms in the air. Their loud cries of joy could only be guessed by the thunderous applause. “It was a big fight. I heard the crowd, “said Shiffrin after her fifth home win. Hundreds of fans had her down the slope in the second run, and whipped from second place to the top. Overall World Cup winner Petra Vlhova from Slovakia was left behind.
The triumph of their local heroine was a forgiving end for the ski fans after a chaotic ski weekend in North America due to the weather. The giant slalom in Killington was canceled, as was the downhill and the men’s super-G in Lake Louise, Canada. Snow, wind and thick wisps of fog had made fair races impossible. After all, two of the five competitions took place – and the German ski aces once again attracted attention.
Above all technology specialist Lena Dürr. The Munich resident missed her third podium in a row, but confirmed her strong form in this Olympic winter with fifth place. “It’s so much fun right now. It was like a dream again, ”said Dürr. Most recently, the 30-year-old caused a sensation with two third places in Levi.
Speed: Baumann achieves Olympic qualification
Romed Baumann was also shining around 4,000 kilometers to the west. At the speed start in Lake Louise, Canada, the native Tyrolean, who now competes for the German Ski Association, celebrated a strong sixth place and the Olympic qualification. Compatriot Andreas Sander, on the other hand, shook his head in disappointment.
“We’re a bit torn. The Romed drove well, but the Andi certainly promised more than 20th place “, summed up Alpine boss Wolfgang Maier. The expectations of the two vice world champions are high after the good results from the previous winter. Josef Ferstl (19th), Dominik Schwaiger (23rd) and Simon Jocher (30th) also finished in the points in the victory of Austrian Matthias Mayer.
“I really don’t know if I can go any faster”
But despite the chaos of the weather, canceled races and small German successes, Mikaela Shiffrin was once again the focus of attention at the end of an exhausting race weekend. “More show is almost impossible. I really don’t know if I can go any faster, ”said the overjoyed winner.
The long-time ski dominator won her 71st World Cup title, the 46th in slalom alone. The 26-year-old drew level with the Swedish old master Ingemar Stenmark. Stenmark also celebrated 46 successes in one discipline – giant slalom. “Every athlete likes to have these records next to her name,” admitted a visibly proud Shiffrin.
In just a few days, the US tour for skiers will continue in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. Then the other Germans around Andrea Filser, Emma Aicher and Marlene Schmotz want to attack again. The three DSV athletes missed the top 30 in Killington.