Shiffrin snags first speed globe

American Mikaela Shiffrin continued to make history on Thursday by taking home her first crystal globe in a speed discipline at Granvalira Soldeu - El Tarter (AND). Despite never having won a World Cup super-G before the start of 2018/19, she won three races this winter and claimed the season title the day after her 24th birthday with a fourth-place finish. Austria's Nicole Schmidhofer, winner of the downhill globe, followed her in second in the super-G standings and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third after failing to complete the final race of her season. 

“I dreamed about winning it some day, but I didn’t expect it to be this season,” Shiffrin noted after the race. Two cancellations that could not be rescheduled left the ladies' speed calendar with only six completed super-Gs, and Shiffrin acknowledged that this was a unique winter. 

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, second in the downhill the previous day, rallied for the super-G win in the race on the Aliga. It was her first victory of the season and only the third super-G World Cup win of her career. “I've come second many times this winter and finally, in the last race of the season, I’ve come first,” Rebensburg remarked. Austrian Tamara Tippler finished second and Italian Federica Brignone rounded out the podium in third.

The alpine team event will be contested at World Cup Finals on Friday.

See complete results from today's race here.