Mikaela Shiffrin gained the tremendous mixed on the world Alpine snowboarding championships for an American report sixth world title and ninth profession world medal, breaking data she shared with Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn.
Shiffrin prevailed by .86 of a second over Slovakian Petra Vlhova. Swiss Michelle Gisin took bronze, .89 behind, combining occasions from super-G and slalom runs in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Shiffrin beforehand shared the American report for 5 world titles with the not too long ago retired Ted Ligety. Final Thursday, she tied Vonn’s American report for complete world medals together with her eighth, a bronze within the super-G, her first velocity race in multiple 12 months.
Shiffrin has been taking part in catch-up all season. She went 300 days between races following her father’s Feb. 2 demise and a preseason again damage. She went a full 12 months between placing on super-G skis and solely had 4 days of coaching in that self-discipline main into worlds.
“Once I was a bit woman, and I wished to be one of the best on the earth, I wrote in my diary, ‘I wish to be one of the best skier on the earth,’” Shiffrin stated. “I’ve carried out some issues no one’s carried out earlier than, for certain. I’ve all the time been attempting to simply push the restrict, push my very own restrict first, then attempting to push the restrict within the sport. I really feel like, on my actually good days, I’m doing that.”
Shiffrin has competed at seven Olympics or world championships and earned a minimum of one gold at each one.
“I wouldn’t wish to simply be the following Lindsey Vonn as a result of in any other case then I’m simply copying somebody and that’s so far as I’m ever going to get,” she stated previously. “I wish to try to get farther than anyone’s ever gotten.”
Later Monday, Austrian Marco Schwarz was the shock winner of the lads’s mixed. More on that here.
Shiffrin now owns Olympic or world titles in 4 of the 5 conventional Alpine snowboarding occasions — super-G, big slalom, slalom and mixed — solely lacking downhill (which she has gained on the World Cup).
Solely Swede Anja Pärson gained Olympic or world gold medals in all 5 for the reason that super-G was added in 1987. Pärson, the 2000s star, is now the one skier with extra particular person world titles than Shiffrin at standalone worlds within the trendy period.
Shiffrin, racing the mixed at worlds for the primary time, trailed Italian Federica Brignone by .06 after the morning super-G. However Brignone, snowboarding first within the slalom, fell after the third gate.
Shiffrin then posted the quickest slalom time. Vlhova, Shiffrin’s main slalom rival the previous couple of seasons, was second-fastest within the slalom, however a big .52 slower, boosting Shiffrin’s hopes for a record-extending fifth consecutive slalom world title on Saturday.
Gisin, who relegated Shiffrin to mixed silver on the 2018 Olympics, went two spots after Shiffrin within the slalom. She drew inside .02 of Shiffrin, the best slalom skier in historical past, at an early break up earlier than falling again.
“Mikaela confirmed us the way it’s carried out,” Gisin stated. “I couldn’t maintain as much as her fairly but, however perhaps I’ll discover some options for subsequent Saturday [in the slalom].”
Swiss Wendy Holdener, the 2017 and 2019 World champion within the mixed who was .97 behind after the super-G, fell in the identical space as Brignone within the slalom.
Worlds proceed Tuesday with the lads’s and ladies’s parallel occasions. Shiffrin subsequent races Thursday within the big slalom, which she gained on the 2018 Olympics.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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