Norwegian cross-country skier, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, made his mark at this season’s World Cup, winning the Crystal Globe in cross-country. The 22 year old skier holds multiple records for being the youngest male in history to win the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, the Tour de Ski, the World Championship event, and an Olympic event in cross-country skiing.
It’s just another race, and another win for American skier Mikaela Shiffrin. She’s capped off the most successful World Cup season in history on Sunday at Grandvalira Soldeu in Andorra by securing her 60th career win in the ladies’ slalom.
In light of Mikaela Shiffrin’s massive win in Sweden this week – her 14th World Cup win of the season – everyone has been raving about Shiffrin’s dominance in the skiing sport right now. With her win on Tuesday being her 14th victory this season, she is currently tied with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider’s 1989 record of winning the most wins within a single season!
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After winning her fourth gold medal at the world ski championships on Tuesday, Shiffrin decided to take some time to rest and refocus for the upcoming slalom races next week. She missed out on the Alpine combined race – where she would’ve been a crowd favourite – as well as the downhill and team event.
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships kicked off on the 4th of February in Åre, Sweden. It’s been an exciting week so far, with epic wins from Mikaela Shiffrin, Kjetil Jansrud, Wendy Holdener and more!
With the Championships almost coming to an end – the last event being the Men’s Slalom event on the 17th of February – we think it’s time for a medal count!
Here’s a break down of the medals that have been won so far by the top 8 countries.
It’s been a great season for Maren Lundby, winning her fifth gold in a row on Sunday! The Olympic champion made winning jumps of 90.0 and 88.5 to finish with a total of 250.8 points. Japanese skier, Sara Takanashi came in second with jumps of 88m and 89m with a final score of 241.2 points. Germany’s Katharina Althaus took third place with 121 points.
We’ve seen many skiers step up their game this season, and Nicole Schmidhofer is just one of them! She was the female World Champion in super-G in 2017, but hadn’t won a World Cup race in the discipline, that is, until Saturday’s race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Nordic combined history has been made by Japanese skier, Ayane Mizayaki. After Wednesday’s race at the Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti, Mizayaki became the first-ever female champion in Nordic combined.
She won the race with a time of 17:43.8, with Norway’s Gyda Westvold not far behind with a time of 17:47.4. Mizayaki’s fellow teammate Anju Nakamura finished in third place at 18:02.3.
One thing is for sure – there’s no stopping Mikaela Shiffrin! The 23 year old alpine skier struck gold once again on Sunday, winning her third Super-G of the season. It’s her 54th win of her career, getting her even closer to the all-time record of 86 wins. She tore up the slopes in Cortina, finishing the race in 1 minute, 22.48 seconds – 0.16 seconds faster than runner-up Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was a close third – just 0.02 second behind Weirather. Shiffrin has been on her game this season, mastering the course that hindered other skiers from finishing their races, including Lindsey Vonn, and Alice Merryweather. The super-G win is Shiffrin’s 11th victory of the season. With more performances like this, it’s likely she will reach the all-time list while she’s still in her 20s. But one of the record’s that is close in her…
With just under a month left until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’re super excited to see what the athletes bring to the table! Here are some of the star skiers who have qualified for the upcoming Olympics, and you should be sure to keep an eye on! Alpine Skiing Men Austrian Alpine Skier, Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly one to watch this Olympics. His last Olympic win was at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing with a silver medal in slalom. He’s had an amazing run at the current Ski World Cup with 7 gold medals, and we’re sure to see him do all he can to get that gold in this coming Olympics! Norwegian skier, Henrik Kristoffersen is another contender to watch out for. With 9 podium finishes at this seasons World Cup, we can count on him to bring his A-game at the games in Pyeongchang this…