She had a hard time competing with her husband: The women’s giant slalom at the world championships on Thursday
On Thursday, at the world championship, Shiffrin won the gold in the women’s giant slalom, a day after she broke off her relationship with Day.
The relief was visible on the 27-year-old’s face after a difficult few years in major events. During the Beijing Olympics last year, Shiffrin failed to get a single medal from five races, finishing third in three of them.
Italian skier Federica Brignone, who was 0.12 seconds behind to take the silver, and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, who trailed by 0.22 for the bronze, came over to congratulate her.
“It’s been definitely some high levels of stress these days,” Shiffrin said. It was tough to keep the focus and keep the intensity right today.
Her victory also came a day after her longtime coach Mike Day left her team. After seven years of coaching Shiffrin, Day decided to leave at the end of the season after she informed him that she was going to use different staff.
“One thing I really want to say is just, ‘Thank you,’ to Mike for seven years of – I can’t even say helping me – he’s been such an integral part of my team and being there to support me through some of the most incredible moments in my career and some of the most challenging moments of my career and also my life,” an emotional Shiffrin added.
Shiffrin said that she was hoping to give Day the time and the notice before the end of the season to figure out his own plans, adding that he was difficult to get along with.
Ingemar Stenmark’s record for giant slaloms was broken at the World Cup in 2018 by Smirnov Shiffrin
Shiffrin’s 11 victories this season do not count towards the World Cup circuit, where she has 85 victories to her credit. She broke former teammate Lindsey Vonn’s women’s record of 82 last month and has moved within one of the overall mark set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1970s and 80s.
“This is not an easy position, with the home crowd favorite to … I mean, thank you for cheering for me anyway,” said Shiffrin, who was the 2018 Olympic champion and won five of the last six giant slaloms on the World Cup circuit.
“I am so proud and happy I managed to do it,” the Italian said. “Today I was completely free, thinking about my skiing, I was able to put everything away.”
Shiffrin said she feels emotional right now. It’s a small margin, but it’s unbelievable. I went blind and just ski as fast as possible. I don’t know how to do it.
World title racer Amy Moltzan had a broken hand on her first win at the SKN ski event on September 21st
It raises her tally to seven world titles and 13 medals overall from 16 career world championship races. She is in second place behind German skier Christl Cranz on the all-time list for the most individual medals won by a woman at the worlds. Cranz won several medals during the 1930s.
The second-fastest time in the last run was posted byNina O’Brien, who improved from 21st to 11th position, while American teammate Paula Moltzan missed a gate halfway through her first run and did not finish. On Tuesday, Moltzan fractured her hand in the team event. Shiffrin didn’t compete in that event.
“The hand is as good as it was going to feel so I’m not disappointed with that,” said Moltzan, who had her glove taped to her ski pole during her run. I think I went inside and couldn’t recover after misjudging my turn a tiny bit.