Shiffrin was the woman to beat, having won five World Cups in the giant slalom and five World Cups in the slalom this year. A few days ago, she also won the World Cup gold medal in this first discipline, but failed in her last event in Meribel.
After the first round she was in first place: she was 19 hundredths faster than Swiss Wendy Holdener and 61 hundredths better than Saint-Germain. Ceferin noted that conditions were slightly different in the second round.
The Canadian had skated all her life and had nothing to do with fear of the American. He made a number of mistakes and was slower on the upper and lower parts.
Shiffrin would have won her fifth world championship in the slalom and become the first since Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni in 1997 to win the double giant slalom.
However, Shiffrin can also laugh about silver. Her World Championships were successful as she took gold in the giant slalom as well as silver in the super-G. In her first World Cup match, she reached the combined gold medal, but missed the gate in the end. It will be worse for her: the nightmare of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, where she won no medal, has been eliminated as the favourite.
Kim Vanreusel finished 41st after the first round to start the second round (reserved for top 60). Our compatriot surrendered in the second round. Naya Van Puyvelde was eliminated in the first round after placing 63rd.
Watch Saint-Germain’s series of victories: