Shiffrin, Ligety Aim To Get Back On GS Track As World Cup Returns To Europe
The White Circus, aka the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, is back across the Big Pond this weekend after an extended stay in North America at Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Lake Louise. The spotlight is on Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety, both trying to erase sub-standard performances in the Giant Slalom.
The women are in Are, Sweden for a Giant Slalom Saturday. Shiffrin literally had the top of the Aspen podium in her grasp, but somehow lost focus and crashed a few gates from the finish. Sunday is a slalom, where she doesn’t seem to lose.
The battle between Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn for the overall World Cup title will likely shift back and forth all season and certainly this weekend. Vonn leapt into first place after sweeping two downhills and a super G in Canada, but her lead is a scant four points.
It’s Val d’Isere, France for the men’s tour where perennial GS champion Ligety will try to forget not finishing his first run at Beaver Creek last weekend and get back to the podium.
It’s back to the speed tracks for downhills next weekend.
Photo: Ted Ligety with his World Championship GS medal, plans to get back on track this weekend in France (USST)