Sunday, April 2, 2017

That's a Wrap. Mikaela Shiffrin & Marcel Hirscher Grabs the Overall Globe


After 73 races in 13 different countries, the World Cup season came to an end at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen.

Ladies 

1st Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1643
2nd Ilka Stuhec (SLO) 1325
3rd Sofia Goggia (ITA) 1197

Men

1st Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 1599 
2nd Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 924
3rd Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 903

For the first time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. Thanks to improved skills in the speed events, the only 22 year old slalom queen was able to score important points in super-g and in alpine combined, and became competitive in the Overall standings. This season she claimed her fourth slalom globe and her first Overall globe.
Before Aspen's races American Mikaela Shiffrin had already mathematically secured the 2016-17 World Cup overall globe–the first of her career–as well as the slalom globe.
She has yet to fully process the accomplishment of the Overall title. "No, I don’t know if I’ll ever process [the Overall globe]. It’s been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five years old, and it’s really difficult to understand something that finally happens after 20 years".

Mikaela Shiffin was Born in Vail, Colorado, on March 13, 1995.


FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 6
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums 4
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 3

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st (Shiffrin became the third youngest woman to ever win a slalom World Championship and youngest American to win any title since 17-year-old Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985. She’s also the first American to win a Championship or Olympic slalom since Barbara Cochran won at the 1972 Olympics and World Championships in Sapporo, Japan).
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom: 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 2
Olympic Winter Games Medals 1
Olympic Winter Games Victories (1st in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 105
FIS World Cup Podiums: 44
FIS World Cup Victories: 31 (25 Slalom, 4 GS, 1 alpine Combined, 1 City Event)

Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the sixth time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines, strong enough in speed and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fourth career slalom and GS globes. It capped off a career-best season for the Austrian technical ace with two World Championship titles, two discipline globes, and his sixth consecutive Overall title.
"It is amazing. You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun", said Hirscher. "Well, I’m hoping for it [to get even better] because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season".
Hirscher's sixth crystal globe bettered the record of Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli (1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993) and equalled the ladies' mark set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll (1971-1975, 1979).

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.


FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st
Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 2nd
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 4
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 1 (2nd in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 203
FIS World Cup Podiums: 107. On January 7 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 45 (20 Slalom, 22 GS, 2 City Events, 1 Super-G)

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