On Sunday, the Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup gold in the Super Giant Slalom (Super-G). With this victory, the 23-year-old phenomenon was one of only seven women in history to win gold in the World Cup by legend and Americans in all five disciplines of sport – slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super-g and the combination Lindsey Vonn among others
Shiffrin finished the Lake Louise course in 1 minute and 19.41 seconds in second place, Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, by 0.77 seconds. The victory was the 46th career World Cup victory for the residents of Avon, Colorado. You can get a clip here on Shiffrins Instagram, @mikaelashiffrin:
In addition to the historical significance of their victory, they now rank fourth in the All-Time Women's World Cup list – the super-The G title has been proven that Shiffrin, who is best known for her technical skills and her subsequent dominance of the more technical ski events (slalom and giant slalom), is also a top contender for speed events.
Here are the elements of Shifflins winning run put the win together with Robin Barnes, a three-time member of the prestigious PSIA-AASI alpine national team and level 3 ski instructor, who has worked with athletes of the US ski team. Barnes is also ski school leader in Portillo, Chile, where many Olympians, including Shiffrin, train.
The Shiffrin World Cup race in the Super-G caught a few things.
The first: your self-confidence at the start. "Just when she had pushed herself from the start, she looked as if she wanted to win," says Barnes. "She was in attack mode compared to other racers. It does not always look like that. Second, during the race, Shiffrin made a particularly challenging right turn at a more aggressive angle than many other competitors. Unlike many of her competitors, Shiffrin did not let her skis go sideways as she turned, which helped her maintain the speed. "The nuance in this corner was outstanding," says Barnes.
Mastering the Super-G requires a combination of fearlessness and technique.
The Super G event, combining the speed of downhill racing with some technical aspects The slalom event requires a "balance of good technical courage and courage", explains Barnes. "It's about getting technical skills with the courage and willingness to go downhill at a super-fast speed." It also requires comfort when jumping, says Barnes, and the ability to take a tight, staling position as you drive down the mountain. 19659010] Traditionally, technical skiers like Shiffrin are not exactly comfortable in this position, says Barnes. "One of the reasons she gained speed in the Super-G is that she improved her grip."
Due to the high speed required by the event, elite skiers will drive between 70 and 80 mph, Barnes also says he needs full-body strength to withstand the forces of this speed. In addition, the event was "aerobically challenging," says Barnes. It is both timed and more remote than the more technical alpine events, which means that racers "need to be able to work hard for a long time".
Both speed events dominate, like the Super-G,  and Technical events such as slalom are rather rare in sports.
There are significant differences in the nature of athletes compared to technical events compared to technical events. Speed skiers, Barnes explains, tend to be "big adrenalin junkies. They are more hardcore. "On the other hand, athletes who focus on more technical alpine events, including slalom and giant slalom, tend to be more analytical, she explains. Training for any type of event requires a lot of time on the slopes. "The number of hours and days that went well in one of [five alpine ski disciplines] is incredible," says Barnes.
The fact that Shiffrin has technically proven both in speed and in Events is unique and impressive. Barnes attributes much of Shiffrin's great success to focusing on the basics of the sport. These include a balanced, functional posture, a constant weight of the external skis when turning and keeping the upper body as smooth as possible, the lower half maneuvering down the hill.
"She used the young age of her career to work on fundamentals rather than racing and always trying to be fast," says Barnes. "Your approach is not what you all see. Now she is mature enough [as an athlete] to apply them in different disciplines.
With this win, Shiffrin, who was already one of the very best female athletes, has found a new legacy for herself.
At the age of 23, Shiffrin is still considered a young skier when it comes to age (in terms of age, not achievements). "She has many years in her career," says Barnes, and the fact that she has already won gold in every single discipline is "an incredible legacy".
Regarding the last victory, this is further proof that Shiffrin is "Not just a good technical skier," says Barnes. "People now recognize that she is a contender in all disciplines. that she can show up and hang out with any skier out there. "
In addition," trust is important in alpine skiing, "says Barnes, and Shiffrin excels in this area as well." She's good at mastering that and building self-confidence if she needs it. "