FIS World Cup Finals

FIS World Cup Finals

Alpine Skiing: Bode Miller finished third in the World Cup Finals super-G, while overall leader Aksel Lund Svindal was a disappointing 16th and conceded he will fall from the top of the standings over the final two races. The six-time Olympic medalist Miller appeared to agonizingly miss his first World Cup win since 2011 by .01 of a second until the final skier, Alexis Pinturault of France nabbed victory in 1:13:71 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Pinturault, known for his giant slalom and slalom skills, won his first career World Cup super-G. Countryman Thomas Mermillod Blondin was second, .56 of a second behind, followed by Miller at .57. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway entered the race having already clinched the season title in the super-G. Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety took fifth and fell from third to fourth in the overall standings, behind Pinturault by 50 points.

Final Super-G standings
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) — 346
2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) — 259
3. Patrick Kueng (SUI) — 255
5. Bode Miller (USA) — 220

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated her 19th birthday week in style in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, winning the Season Title in slalom after also taking the victory in the race by a hefty 1.44 second margin. It was her fifth slalom win of the season on the World Cup tour. Ironically, today’s podium is an exact copy of the overall season slalom standings with Hansdotter and Schild also taking second and third place respectively on the season.

Final Slalom standings
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA
2. Frida Hansdotter (SWE)
3. Marlies Schild (AUT)

Ted Ligety of the United States won the last giant slalom of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, ahead of Alexis Pinturault of France and Felix Neureuther of Germany, respectively finishing second and third.

Cross-Country Skiing:  Therese Johaug of Norway took the World Cup Overall title with her win in the 15 km Skiathlon in Falun.  Johaug pulled away on the second lap of 3.75 km on the classic technique portion of the Skiathlon from teammate Marit Bjoergen and collected all bonus seconds possible.  In the end she won by +33.6 seconds over Bjoergen and +56.6 second over Kerttu Niskanen of Finland.

Snowboard:  The La Molina time trials have wrapped up with a very unexpected result with Omar Visintin of Italy taking his career’s first ever World cup title. Visintin became the 2nd Italian ever to win the SBX World Cup title since Elmar Messner won the inaugural SBX tour back in 1997.


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