Shiffrin electric in Lake Louise downhill despite power outage
The second of two downhill races at Lake Louise for the ladies produced a unique challenge for athletes and race organizers as a substation fire led to a power outage at the resort. With no ability to run the lifts, all racers and personnel were transported to a lowered race start at men's super-G start using piste machines and tow ropes. Despite the unconventional method of uphill transportation, racers and fans alike were thrilled to hold the race under mostly clear conditions when it could have easily been lost to the misfortune of the day.
Technical phenom Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. showed that her downhill podium finish on Friday was no fluke, and she claimed the first speed victory of her career after narrowly avoiding the fence through Fish Net. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who won the first two GS races of the season, finished solidly in second place at just 0.13 seconds from the lead. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland claimed only the second podium of her career (and first ever in downhill) by finishing third at 0.17 seconds from the win from bib 27.
Late-runner Kira Weidle of Germany also wowed the crowd by cruising into eighth place from bib 43. In all, seven athletes in the top 12 started from 20th position or later.
Power was restored to the lifts by the end of the race and will be fully operational for Sunday's super-G.
Full results from today's race are available here.