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Can anyone beat Shiffrin in the Åre 2019 Giant Slalom?

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More than a half of Åre 2019 is over and we are now excited about the technical events, giant slalom and slalom. The ladies’ giant slalom event on Thursday will feature one of alpine skiing's superstars, Mikaela Shiffrin, who will be aiming for her second Åre 2019 gold.

Will Shiffrin add a Giant Slalom medal to her Super G gold? Photo by Jan M Lundahl
Will Shiffrin add a Giant Slalom medal to her Super G gold? Photo by Jan M Lundahl

Giant slalom, one of the most elegant disciplines in alpine skiing, requires good technique and ability to handle high speeds. It is time for super G gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States to return to racing and take on the ladies' giant slalom course in Åre, which is in good shape.

–  The ladies' course is in great shape. It has such a great base and we have been out early this morning together with SkiStar to water the surface which is now smooth and nice. We are happy and confident that we will have a great race, said the Ladies' Race Director Toni Franz. 

The ladies will start off the final part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre on Thursday, 14 February, on the slope of Gästrappet. Even though Shiffrin is certainly one of the main contenders for the gold, there are others who will put up a good fight. Tessa Worley is the reigning giant slalom world champion from St Moritz 2017. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia has been in stellar shape this season and won the last giant slalom event before the Championships. 

Ragnhild Mowinckel from Norway, Viktoria Rebensburg from Germany, and Wendy Holdener, the Swiss who has already won two medals in Åre, are also strong contenders for the medals. For the Swedes, Åre is homefield. Sara Hector and Frida Hansdotter have both shown that they are in good shape and in Maribor they both had their best results of the season, with Hector finishing in fifth place and Hansdotter in sixth. It is clear they have the capacity to do well on Thursday. 

–     It will be amazing to do this on homefield. I feel ready for it all and you never know what Åre may offer. What’s for sure is that it will be an awesome show, said Sara Hector.

Giant Slalom Ladies, Thursday 14 February 

First run 14.15
Second run 17.45

98 entries (click here to view the start list)

Start 796 meters above sea level

Finish 396 meters above sea level

Length 1257 meters

Vertical Drop 400 meters

Average gradient 36 percent

Maximal gradient 48 percent

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Will Shiffrin add a Giant Slalom medal to her Super G gold? Photo by Jan M Lundahl
Will Shiffrin add a Giant Slalom medal to her Super G gold? Photo by Jan M Lundahl
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Frida Hansdotter - one of the Swedish stars and Olympic Gold Medalist. Photo by Robert Henriksson
Frida Hansdotter - one of the Swedish stars and Olympic Gold Medalist. Photo by Robert Henriksson
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Sara Hector has done well in Åre in the past. Now it is time to go for the World Championships medals in Åre. Photo by Robert Henriksson
Sara Hector has done well in Åre in the past. Now it is time to go for the World Championships medals in Åre. Photo by Robert Henriksson
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ABOUT ÅRE 2019

Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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