Stuhec takes su­per-G, moves closer to Shiffrin


Sud­denly the over­all ti­tle is not look­ing so cer­tain for Mikaela Shiffrin af­ter Ilka Stuhec won a su­per-G race Saturday.

There was also a wor­ry­ing crash for Lind­sey Vonn on a dis­ap­point­ing day for Amer­i­can skiers.

En­ter­ing this week­end’s races in Crans Mon­tana, Switzer­land, Shiffrin held more than a 400point lead in the standings over her next ac­tive chal­lenger, Sofia Gog­gia of Italy. Defending over­all cham­pion Lara Gut, in sec­ond place, is out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter in­jur­ing her knee while train­ing be­tween runs of the com­bined event at the world cham­pi­onships in St. Moritz two weeks ago.

How­ever, Stuhec was sec­ond in Fri­day’s Alpine com­bined race to leapfrog Gog­gia into third place over­all. The Slove­nian went one bet­ter Saturday to cut Shiffrin’s lead to 258 points with nine races re­main­ing — in­clud­ing an­other com­bined Sun­day.

Stuhec, the re­cently crowned down­hill world cham­pion, leads the down­hill standings and moved to within 16 points of Tina Weirather in the su­per-G.

Stuhec, who was fastest in the su­per-G part of the com­bined Fri­day, fin­ished 0.5 sec­onds ahead of Elena Cur­toni as the Ital­ian achieved a best ever fin­ish in a World Cup race. Stephanie Ve­nier of Aus­tria was third.

Shiffrin fin­ished 13th, more than two sec­onds be­hind Stuhec.

Vonn crashed in the su­per-G and later pulled out of Sun­day’s com­bined. The for­mer Olympic cham­pion also with­drew from an­other com­bined race Fri­day, along with Shiffrin and their Amer­i­can team­mate Lau­renne Ross, be­cause of danger­ous con­di­tions on the course.

In men’s ski­ing in Kvit­f­jell, Nor­way, Kjetil Jan­srud took a key step to­ward the down­hill World Cup ti­tle.

Jan­srud beat his clos­est ti­tle ri­val, defending down­hill cham­pion Peter Fill of Italy, by 0.08 sec­onds to ex­tend his down­hill standings lead to 33 points with one race re­main­ing.

Beat Feuz of Switzer­land was third, 0.14 off Jan­srud’s time.

CROSS-COUN­TRY SKI­ING: Marit Bjo­er­gen won a record 15th world cham­pi­onship gold medal in cross-coun­try ski­ing with a vic­tory in a 15-kilo­me­ter skiathlon in Lahti, Fin­land.

The Nor­we­gian broke away with Fin­land’s Krista Par­makoski be­fore dom­i­nat­ing the fi­nal sprint to win by 4.8 sec­onds. Char­lotte Kalla of Swe­den was third, 32 sec­onds be­hind Bjo­er­gen.

The 36-year-old Bjo­er­gen has more gold medals than any other cross-coun­try skier — male or fe­male — in world cham­pi­onship his­tory, hav­ing pre­vi­ously shared the record of 14 gold medals with re­tired Rus­sian Ye­lena Valbe.

LUGE: Ro­man Repilov of Rus­sia de­feated defending cham­pion Felix Loch in the fi­nal luge World Cup of the sea­son in Al­tenberg, Ger­many, to claim his first over­all ti­tle.

The 20-year-old Repilov was quick­est in both runs for a com­bined time of 1:47.237. He beat Ger­many’s Loch — who had been chas­ing his sixth straight ti­tle — by 0.461 sec­onds.

FIG­URE SKAT­ING: Choi Da-bin of South Korea held her lead from the short pro­gram to win the gold medal in women’s fig­ure skat­ing at the Asian Winter Games in Sap­poro, Ja­pan.

Choi landed all her jumps cleanly with the ex­cep­tion of a triple Sal­chow she un­der-ro­tated. First af­ter the short pro­gram, Choi re­ceived a to­tal of 187.54 points.

Li Zi­jun of China was sec­ond with 175.60 points fol­lowed by El­iz­a­bet Tursyn­baeva of Kaza­khstan with 175.04.

Ear­lier, North Korea won its first medal of the games as Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik won the bronze medal in the fig­ure skat­ing pairs event.

Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao of China were first with 223.88, fol­lowed by com­pa­tri­ots Peng Cheng and Jin Yang with 197.06.

The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment de­cided to al­low North Korean ath­letes and of­fi­cials to en­ter the coun­try to take part de­spite Ja­pan’s en­try ban on North Korean ci­ti­zens.

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