USA Medal Count Remains Stalled At World Championships; Shiffrin 8th In Giant Slalom
The stalled American medal count at the FIS Alpine World Championships stayed that way Thursday despite the hopes and cheers of hometown fans filling Beaver Creek’s Red Tail Stadium for a Giant Slalom featuring both Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn.
It was Austria’s Anna Fenninger who picked up her third medal — this time gold — by dominating the field on both runs. German veteran and 2010 Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg, was second, but considerably behind Fenninger. Rebensburg just edged out Jessica Lindell-Vickery of Switzerland.
Shiffrin sat in 13th spot after a conservative first run and, while she made up some ground taking a more direct line n the second run, it was not near enough. She finished in eighth spot.
Vonn gave the crowd something to yell about for a while after staying at second place on the leader board in the second run, but gradually was pushed down by the later racers in the “turn 30” format. She eventually finishied 14th. Julia Mancuso was 20th.
Tina Maze of Slovenia, already a winner of three medals in the first three events here, was fifth.
Shiffrin gets another medal opportunity Saturday in the slalom — her specialty. She is the reigning Olympic champion in the event, winning gold in Sochi last winter.
The men take the stage Friday in the GS, with Olympic champion Ted Ligety hoping to break the U.S. gold medal draught. The Worlds conclude Sunday with the men’s slalom and closing ceremonies.
Photo: Red Tail Stadium at Beaver Creek has been jam-packed at the World Championships