Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Downhill in Bansko
Mikaela Shiffrin earned today her 65th World Cup win. The American ski star raced in Bansko for the first time and mastered Bansko’s Downhill with reliable skiing claiming her second Downhill victory after Lake Louise’s in 2017. Shiffrin beat Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.18 seconds, with Joana Haehlen of Switzerland 0.23 seconds back in third.
"I felt so much more confident with my skiing today. After the training yesterday, that was my first run on my downhill skis since Lake Louise, so I was really just trying to ski down the hill and just be clean if I could. Today, I felt better with my line, better with my attitude on my skis, and also better with my technique. So all of those things ended up piecing the track together really well. For sure it’s a technical track. It’s really challenging, and I wasn’t sure – like confident – I was maybe a little bit scared even", Shiffrin admitted. "So it was pretty exciting to come to the finish and see that it was fast".
Federica Brignone got to the podium for the sixth time this season, while Joana Haehlen earned the first top-three result of her career. The Swiss skier had no previous top-15 result this season but posted the fastest time in the only training run.
The 32-gate Downhill on the Marc Girardelli slope in Bansko, Bulgaria is one of the most technical downhill slopes till now, and it plays into the most technical skiers.