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World Champion Marcel Hirscher Retires From Alpine Skiing

Marcel Hirscher Retires Here at Sprongo, we know a champion when we see one, and although Marcel Hirscher retires now, he’s every inch a champion. It’s not even the first time we’re talking about this skiing legend. Today, we’re going to look at his medal-littered career on the slopes as we say goodbye to one of skiing’s greats. Here’s to you, Marcel. Where did he come from? The son of a skiing instructor, Marcel started out on the slopes at just two-years-old. Right from the beginning, he was the best and went on to win several events in the Junior World Ski Championships. His specialties? Slalom and giant slalom. What else did he win? Would ‘everything’ cover it? Marcel Hirscher is one of the most prolific competitive skiing champions we can think of. He’s won: 3 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver) 11 World Championship medals (7 gold and 4…

Marcel Hirscher contemplating retirement

Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher has had an amazing career – he is a winner of eight consecutive World Cup titles and won 11 medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships – 7 of them being gold. Not to mention his Olympic success – Hirscher won a silver medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and two gold medals in the combined and giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Sofia Goggia wins downhill amidst time-keeping issues

Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first race of the season since her comeback from an ankle injury which caused her to miss the start of the season. However, Goggia didn’t let that stop her, winning the ladies’ downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sofia Goggia clocked in at one minute, 29.77 seconds. Joana Haehlen came in second place, 0.36 seconds behind the Italian. Haehlen unfortunately missed out on the typical finish line issue, due to timekeeping issues that didn’t make her run time immediately available. Nicole Schmidhofer had ‘unofficially’ rounded up the top three, while officials had to check and verify the race times for athletes who were affected by the timekeeping issues. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami was unofficially in fourth place prior to the check, however after officials made their verifications, Gut-Behrami was then confirmed as the final podium athlete in third place, while Schmidhofer was verified in fourth place.…

Is Mikaela Shiffrin set to be the world’s greatest ski racer?

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!

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 recap

With the Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre finally at a close, it’s time to recap all the excitement that went down in Sweden! From Mikaela Shiffrin proving herself once again, to Aksel Lund Svindal making the final mark of his international career. Here’s a recap of some of the biggest moments of this year’s Alpine Ski Championships. We saw the most successful female Alpine skier in history, Lindsey Vonn, retire from the sport after her Bronze win at the World Championships. Austrian skier, Aksel Lund Svindal, also took the final race of his career, winning silver in the Downhill event. No surprises with Mikaela Shiffrin – the skiing star has been the one of the most exciting athletes to watch this championship. With 2 golds, and 2 bronze under her belt, she’s proven her break to give her body some time to recover was well worth it. Another great…

Mikaela Shiffrin stands by her decision to sit out several world championship events

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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.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Super-G Gold in Cortina

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…

Kjetil Jansrud wins Super-G, securing the World Cup discipline title

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud wins his third Super-G title – with a record time of 1:33.21 – rounding up Norway’s winning streak in the Men’s World Cup Super-G to seven seasons! Jansrud secured his third discipline title in four years – he also took the Super-G titles in 2014-15 and last season. He also won Olympic bronze in Pyeongchang last month, adding to his gold from the Sochi Games four years ago and silver from the 2017 world championships. His Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal (2011-2014) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2016) also won the discipline title in recent years – making Norway the team to watch out for. They’ve matched the winning streak set by Austria who have previously won the super-G title seven years in a row from 1998-2004. Now it’s Norways time to shine. In an interview with ESPN, Jansrud shared his excitement for the win. “I am a…

Skiers to watch out for this Winter Olympics

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…

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