Mikaela Shiffrin misses the podium, ejected from the n ° 1 in giant slalom
Mikaela shiffrin had her worst World Cup giant slalom result in two years and was surpassed for first place in the World Cup standings in the discipline in the penultimate GS race before the Olympics.
Shiffrin, the reigning GS Olympic champion, finished seventh in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Saturday. Swedish veteran Sara hector earned their second victory in the last three GS races after a seven-year win gap.
Hector, 29, pushed Shiffrin to second in the overall World Cup standings, the best indicator of Olympic medal prospects. The women run a slalom on Sunday, live on the Olympic Channel and Peacock.
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Shiffrin finished 14th after the first of two runs without major errors, then seventh in the second run. She had been running two days of GS training since she revealed a positive coronavirus test on December 27, NBC Sports analyst Steve porino noted.
The finish ended Shiffrin’s streak of seven consecutive podiums between the general classification and the slalom to start the season.
Paula Moltzan suffered a heavy fall in the second run after placing 22nd in the first run. Moltzan and Nina O’Brien, who failed to qualify for the second round, still clinched her first Olympic spots as the second and third highest-ranked American women in GS after Shiffrin this season.
As did Radamus River, the top men’s SG skier in the United States, after SG’s last Men’s World Cup before the Olympics on Saturday. The places of Moltzan, O’Brien and Radamus are expected to become mathematically secure next week.
Moltzan, a 27-year-old woman who won her first World Cup podium last season, is set to become the oldest American alpine skier to compete in her first Winter Olympics in over 70 years.
O’Brien, 24, has a better World Cup result with ninth place. Last season she was in second place after GS’s first race at the world championships. She led as the penultimate skier in the second run before a late error dropped her to 10th place.
Radamus, 23, was a decorated junior runner with three gold at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games and two gold at the 2019 World Junior Championships. His best World Cup result is sixth.
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