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CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland — On Friday, Federica Brignone of Italy took the first victory of the 3-day weekend in Crans Montana, Switzerland, dominating the alpine combined with a total time of 1:56.09. She was joined on the podium by Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia in second and Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria in third. Both athletes were more than a second off the winning pace.

Coming into the first race of the weekend, World Cup women, coaches, FIS staff and the organizing committee knew conditions might be tough due to expected fog and fresh snow. It was all in the weather report at the team captain’s meeting the night before, but everyone was hopeful the surface could be ready to race.

Flash forward to the super-G run at 10:30 am CET, and things were not quite as everyone had hoped. After several forerunners including Olympian Julia Mancuso crashed, the race began with the first three athletes–Stuhec, France’s Tessa Worley and Switzerland’s Denise Feieraband–all skiing out. The third athlete, Feieraband, crashed hard, limped off the course and was taken down in a sled for further evaluation. It was at that time that the jury re-evaluated and decided to restart the race from the reserve start at 11:30 am CET.

By that time, the U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn had already decided she would not start the race due to safety concerns over the soft, slippery snow. She was joined in her decision by teammates Mikaela Shiffrin and Laurenne Ross.

“It’s dangerous,” Shiffrin said. “I said before, coming into this series, knowing the weather was supposed to be warm with some snow and rain, that if it wasn’t good, I’m not going to race. I don’t have enough experience in speed, but to be honest it’s just dangerous. It’s so soft at the bottom.”

Vonn echoed Shiffrin’s sentiments, agreeing it was dangerous and adding, “For me, I’ve had so many injuries, I don’t need to risk anything today.”

Vonn, a leader amongst not only her own team, but amongst the entire field of athletes heard a lot of concerns voiced in the morning.

“A lot of the other athletes and coaches were asking me to put pressure on everyone to try to cancel the race because it’s too dangerous, and I did my best, but I just pray that no one else gets hurt today.”

At 11:30 am, the race began again at the lower start. Stuhec ran with bib 1 and this time, she charged down the super-G course to take the lead, overcoming nerves from her first go-around at the course. The Slovenian found herself 0.52 seconds ahead of Brignone and 0.69 seconds ahead of Kirchgasser, heading into the slalom portion of the day. Several top athletes like 2017 Alpine Combined World Championship silver medalist Michelle Gisin and Italy’s Sofia Goggia did not finish the super-G run due to the challenging conditions.

The sun was out and temperatures cooled as athletes prepared to ski through the disco sticks. Brignone, who had never podiumed in an alpine combined before, surprised herself with the win.

“I was really surprised,” the Italian said. “It was not easy. The slalom was really steep and bumpy, but I just tried to attack the slalom and not be attacked from the slalom. I tried to follow the rhythm and stay on the line, but then I didn’t think I would be fast, but then I was.”

Her slalom run gave her a big advantage over the current leader in the alpine combined standings, Stuhec.

Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom

Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom

“I’m feeling a bit tired actually,” she said. “It’s been quite a long day, but it’s always nice to stand on the podium, and we still have one more race to go, and then we can talk about the globe.”

The Slovenian speed star called the decision of some athletes not to start “brave,” adding that it takes courage to say you don’t feel comfortable starting a race. Just 0.17 seconds behind her was Kirchgasser, repeating her performance from World Championships in St. Moritz. This marked the Austrian’s seventh career World Cup podium in the discipline.

“It’s pretty cool because…between speed skiing and technical skiing, it’s really awesome because you really have to change all of it between runs,” Kirchgasser said. “You have to change not only just the skis, but also have to change the boots and also the skiing.”

Three other Americans, Jacqueline Wiles, Stacey Cook and Breezy Johnson, pushed out of the super-G start. Wiles and Cook did not finish the super-G run while Johnson decided to skip the slalom portion of the day.

There is one more alpine combined race on Sunday, which will determine who wins the discipline globe. Stuhec leads by a 40 point margin over Brignone. Before that globe is determined, the women will race a super-G on Saturday.


Top 10

  1. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  2. Ilka Stuhec (SLO) – Stoeckli / Lange /Atomic
  3. Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Marusa Ferk (SLO) – Stoeckli / Salomon / Head
  6. Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  7. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  8. Lena Duerr (GER) –  Voelkl / Marker / Dalbello
  9. Elena Curtoni (ITA) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Federica Sosio (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  13  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:11.02  45.07  1:56.09  0.00  100.00
 2  1  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:10.50  46.60  1:57.10  +1.01  10.01  80.00
 3  9  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:11.19  46.06  1:57.25  +1.16  11.49  60.00
 4  7  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:12.95  44.62  1:57.57  +1.48  14.66  50.00
 5  19  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  1:11.71  46.31  1:58.02  +1.93  19.12  45.00
 6  15  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:11.64  46.51  1:58.15  +2.06  20.41  40.00
 7  25  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:12.64  45.62  1:58.26  +2.17  21.50  36.00
 8  36  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  1:13.38  44.89  1:58.27  +2.18  21.60  32.00
 9  22  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:11.77  46.54  1:58.31  +2.22  21.99  29.00
 10  35  298767 SOSIO Federica 1994 ITA  1:13.13  45.32  1:58.45  +2.36  23.38  26.00
 11  34  56199 KAPPAURER Elisabeth 1994 AUT  1:12.00  46.46  1:58.46  +2.37  23.48  24.00
 12  29  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:12.72  46.02  1:58.74  +2.65  26.25  22.00
 13  28  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:13.00  45.76  1:58.76  +2.67  26.45  20.00
 14  27  426043 TVIBERG Maria Therese 1994 NOR  1:13.29  45.62  1:58.91  +2.82  27.94  18.00
 15  20  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:11.89  47.46  1:59.35  +3.26  32.29  16.00
 16  23  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:12.34  47.24  1:59.58  +3.49  34.57  15.00
 17  46  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:12.17  47.84  2:00.01  +3.92  38.83  14.00
 18  57  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO  1:13.46  46.60  2:00.06  +3.97  39.33  13.00
 19  40  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:12.12  47.95  2:00.07  +3.98  39.43  12.00
 20  24  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:11.65  48.63  2:00.28  +4.19  41.51  11.00
 21  55  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:12.79  48.02  2:00.81  +4.72  46.76  10.00
 22  21  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  1:13.70  47.46  2:01.16  +5.07  50.22  9.00
 23  47  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:13.43  47.74  2:01.17  +5.08  50.32  8.00
 24  43  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:13.67  47.63  2:01.30  +5.21  51.61  7.00
 25  33  206532 SCHMOTZ Marlene 1994 GER  1:14.21  47.55  2:01.76  +5.67  56.17  6.00
 26  53  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:14.32  48.30  2:02.62  +6.53  64.69  5.00
 27  37  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  1:13.71  49.00  2:02.71  +6.62  65.58  4.00
 28  38  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE  1:14.60  48.30  2:02.90  +6.81  67.46  3.00
 29  26  107387 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN  1:14.40  48.83  2:03.23  +7.14  70.73  2.00
 30  44  485749 PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra 1994 RUS  1:13.93  50.06  2:03.99  +7.90  78.26  1.00
 31  56  155503 KLICNAROVA Pavla 1988 CZE  1:14.25  51.70  2:05.95  +9.86  97.67
Disqualified 1st run
 30  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN
 16  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA
 14  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT
Did not start 2nd run
 62  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA
 49  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA
 32  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER
 31  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE
Did not start 1st run
 17  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA
 10  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA
 4  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA
 3  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI
Did not finish 2nd run
 51  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI
 45  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI
 42  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT
 39  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER
 11  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA
 8  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 61  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA
 60  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT
 59  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG
 58  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK
 54  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
 52  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 50  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA
 48  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA
 41  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA
 18  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT
 12  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE
 6  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA
 5  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI
 2  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA
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