The women returned to Bansko, Bulgaria, for two downhills and one super-G, including a rescheduled downhill from Val d’Isere. Thursday has been the only downhill training done, and for sure Bansko’s track is one of the most technical downhill slope till now, and it plays into the most technical skiers.
Under those severe conditions in term of hard snow and poor visibility due to shade on the last stretch of track, Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 65th World Cup win.
The American ski star raced in Bansko for the first time and mastered Bansko’s downhill with a reliable skiing claiming her second downhill victory after Lake Louise’s in 2017.
Shiffrin beat Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.18 seconds, with Joana Haehlen of Switzerland five-hundredths further back in third.
Brignone got to the podium for the sixth time this season, while Haehlen earned the first top-three result of her career.
The Swiss skier had no previous top-15 result this season but posted the fastest time in the only training run.
Another downhill is scheduled for Saturday!