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Svindal & Shiffrin star in World Cup openers

Monday, November 30 2015 by SNTV
  • Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal followed up Saturday's win in the first men's World Cup Downhill of the season with victory in the opening Super-G event at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada on Sunday (29th November).

    While American Mikaela Shiffrin won her second successive World Cup slalom event in Aspen on Sunday (29 November).

    Following Saturday's opening men's Downhill of the season, the Canadian resort of Lake Louise was the venue for the first Super-G of the new World Cup season.

    Italy's Peter Fill, who finished second behind the great Aksel Lund Svindal in the Downhill by just one thousandth of a second, was an early starter and lay down the gauntlet with a time of 1 minute 29.75 seconds.

    Then down came Svindal and the multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist shaved more than a third of a second off Fill's time, seemingly without breaking sweat.

    Svindal raced down the course, in over a second quicker than his Super G victory in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Svindal took top spot on the podium.

    The race was interrupted for almost half an hour after Austria's Thomas Mayrpeter crashed out and had to be air-lifted off the slope by helicopter.

    On Saturday his fellow countryman Markus Durager broke his left tibia and fibula and his left wrist after a crash, throwing into question the suitability of the course for racing.

    Over in Aspen, Mikaela Shiffrin captured back-to-back World Cup slalom wins, dominating the mountain on both days in her home state of Colorado.

    The 20 year-old American finished 2.65 seconds ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden on Sunday.

    Sunday was Shiffrin's fifth straight World Cup slalom win, dating back to last season.

    It's the longest winning streak in slalom by a female skier since Marlies Schild of Austria took five in a row between 2011-12.

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