Shiffrin closes in on snowboarding file with to start with-run GS direct

SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin posted the swiftest to start with-run time in the big slalom at the Earth Cup Finals on Sunday, positioning herself for a document 21st profession get in the discipline.

Shiffrin could transfer earlier Vreni Schneider following matching the Swiss standout’s mark of 20 World Cup GS victories final 7 days. The American has received six of the past 7 activities and took the GS entire world title previous thirty day period.

The in general history, among adult men and ladies, is held by Swedish wonderful Ingemar Stenmark, who won 46 large slaloms in the 1970s and 80s.

Shiffrin has secured the total, slalom and GS titles this time and established the report for most job wins with 87.

One more race gain would see the American set a individual most effective of 2,206 Earth Cup details from 31 begins this season, two factors a lot more than her tally from 2018-19, when she competed in 26 races.

With the sunlight beaming down on the Avet training course, Shiffrin opened the race in 56.60 seconds to make a guide of more than six-tenths of a 2nd.

“This operate felt like the very best I can do,” Shiffrin explained. “I think it was actually quite a little bit of luck to draw bib 1 now. For certain, I had the finest surface. And I also attempted to be really energetic and consider gain of that.”

Canada’s Valerie Grenier, Italy’s Marta Bassino and Poland’s Maryna Gasienica-Daniel all trailed the American by between .62 and .65.

A few of the top rated seven ranked racers did not end, as Petra Vlhova, who won Saturday’s slalom, Federica Brignone and Olympic winner Sara Hector all missed a gate.

Lara Gut-Behrami misplaced a ski pole early in her run right after hitting a gate with her still left hand but the Swiss skier nevertheless posted the sixth-quickest time.

Two-time previous planet champion Tessa Worley of France was seventh in what she said would be the final race of her job.

The second run is scheduled for later on Sunday.


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