The Commercial Appeal

Shiffrin still chasing 86th victory


KVITFJELL, Norway — Mikaela Shiffrin’s hunt for a record-tying 86th career victory was extended for at least another day.

The American skier’s quest for a fifth overall World Cup title, too.

Shiffrin finished in fourth place Friday in a super-g that was won by Cornelia Huetter, who finally gave the Austrian women’s team its first victory of the season.

Shiffrin was the ninth starter and trailed then-leader Elena Curtoni of Italy by 0.15 seconds and Lara Gut-behrami of Switzerlan­d by 0.04. Huetter eventually edged Curtoni by a mere 0.01 seconds.

Shiffrin needs one victory to match Ingemar Stenmark ’s victory total on the all-time list. The Swede competed in the 1970s and 80s.

“I felt very good with my skiing,” Shiffrin said. “I will look at the video and see if I can analyze something. Maybe I can squeeze a little bit more speed out of it but I am not going to go overboard anywhere, because it can also backfire.”

Shiffrin’s next race is a downhill on Saturday. The event in Norway ends with another super-g on Sunday.

Kang stays cool in rain to lead Women’s World Championsh­ip

SINGAPORE — Danielle Kang avoided distractio­ns during a rain-soaked day and shot a 9-under 63 Friday for a one-shot lead after the second round of the Women’s World Championsh­ip in Singapore. Kang opened with a 71 for a 10-under 134 total after two rounds.

Allisen Corpuz (65), Hyo Joo Kim (67) and first-round leader Elizabeth Szokol (71) were a shot back at the Sentosa Golf Club. Szokol opened on Thursday with a 64.

Three others, including American player Nelly Korda, were another shot back at 8-under 136.

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