After Lindsey Vonn, Marcel Hirscher, Felix Neureuther and Aksel Lund Svindal, four alpine skiing stars end their careers after last season. Thus, there is only one big name this season: Mikaela Shiffrin. The all-rounder from America.
The season had not started yet, as Mikaela Shiffrin already had the first title. The US-American was voted skier of the year 2019 in Sölden. The International Association of Ski Journalists (AIJS) saw Shiffrin ahead of Austrian title-holder Marcel Hirscher. Shiffrin was honored in 2017 with the "Skier d'Or" award. AIJS President Patrick Lang justified the election by stating that "Shiffrin is doing an excellent job of promoting our sport around the globe."
It was an "incredible honor," said Shiffrin, who was sensational at the season opener in Sölden at the giant slalom on the Rettenbachferner However, the election result found them to be "a bit wrong." If she had, Hirscher would have won, not only having always been "an inspiration" with her aggressive driving style, Shiffrin said, but finally "an incredible career" had.
This assessment is absolutely correct March for the eighth time in a row the overall World Cup. Nobody had done that before him. And this record was a more than worthy retirement for the 30-year-old. However, the choice for the "Skier d'Or" is not about the entire career, but only one season – and there was 2018/2019 of the World Cup opener in Sölden until the last race in Soldeu in Andorra just no better , no more successful, no more dominant, than Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin.
Dominant from Solden to Soldeu
Of 26 races she had won 17 and thus set a new World Cup record on. Shiffrin not only won the overall Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom rankings, but also claimed the overall World Cup for the third time in a row. Their 2204 points were almost double that of second-placed Slovak Petra Vlhova (1355). "The past season was huge, almost too much," says Shiffrin. She speaks of her "best season." And she knows that 17 wins this winter are not impossible, but of course no self-evident. "I have to be realistic," she emphasizes.
" I feel more comfortable kicking something when you do not have to watch for a World Cup. "
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It's still unclear how many of the 41 races Shiffrin will be in. So far, there have never been more than 30 in her career – Including World Cup and Winter Games, she already hinted that she would not only be in her favorite disciplines, but also wanting to drive more downhill and super-G races, as there will be no real highlight this winter in Cortina d'Ampezzo, a year later Beijing will compete for Olympic medals.
So Shiffrin wants to test, try out and just let's see how well she can keep up with the world's best in the speed disciplines. "I feel more comfortable kicking something off if you do not have to watch out for a World Cup." The blond ski star from Vail has been known and famous for years. But Shiffrin was still only one of several prominent professionals, had to share the spotlight of the ski scene with Hirscher, Felix Neureuther, the Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal and her charismatic compatriot Lindsey Vonn. But all four have resigned. A quartet that dominated, dominated and decisively influenced events on the runways from North America to South Korea for more than a decade.
In the footsteps of Vonn and Stenmark
Man Imagine, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manuel Neuer and Marta had all ended their careers in the summer. Well, football would of course continue to roll. After all, there are Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne or Megan Rapinoe. But something would be missing. The gap is even bigger for the Alpine Skiing. Mikaela Shiffrin now only has a big name here. She is the global face of her sport. There is still a Petra Vlhova, in the men's it is the Norwegian Hendrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault, who has won more often than any other Frenchman with his 23 World Cup victories.
But all three do not have the radiance of a Mikaela Shiffrin, and they are not so dominant, while the men are the ones who win the overall World Cup Victory will go to Shiffrin for the fourth time in a row – if she stays healthy, the conditions are so clear that the rivals do not even think about the big crystal ball. "I want to prove myself in the speed disciplines myself," says the Italian downhill Olympic champion Sofia Goggia, who had missed the first half of last winter due to an ankle fracture, goes to the overall World Cup ggia, she does not waste any thoughts. Similarly, Wendy Holdener. The Swiss combination world champion would simply be happy "if there was a fight for the overall standings" would. But to deal with it seriously? "No."
Shiffrin, on the other hand, not only focuses on the large crystal ball, but is also repeatedly approached by the media on the number of won World Cups. For good reason. So far she has won 60 victories. This season she could pass in the eternal ranking Annemarie Moser-Pröll (Austria / 62) and Hirscher (67). And it may only be a matter of a few winters before she overtakes Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (Sweden / 86) before her.