The small country of Andorra looked like a winter wonderland on Saturday morning with large snowflakes falling all around – something that most of Europe has not seen much of the season. Those beautiful conditions made for a complicated super G race in Soldeu including a three-hour start delay in order to clear the course of fresh snow and work around the television broadcast of the men’s race.

Federica Brignone took advantage of her early start to put down the fastest time of the day, winning her first World Cup super G race by 0.13 seconds. She was chased by the U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross, who matched her career-best finish of second place and earned her first super G podium finish.

“I mean, it’s an outdoor sport,” Ross said. It’s very rarely perfectly fair, but yeah, it started snowing pretty hard in the middle of the race and that definitely created some slow surfaces for the girls behind. But I mean, that’s ski racing and if you’re on the good side of it, you have to take advantage of it. And if you’re on the bad side, then just hope for the best next time.”

Her teammate, Lindsey Vonn, was on the bad side of things today. After leading in the first two intervals, the American crashed more than halfway down the course after pinching her line and getting caught in the back seat on her inside ski. Medical staff attended to her on the hill and she was taken down in a sled with a stabilizer on her left knee.

In an Instagram post, Vonn shared that x-rays revealed a hairline fracture in her left knee. She will have an MRI on Monday to determine if there is any further damage. In the mean time, she is going to wait and see how she feels on Sunday before determining if she will race in the alpine combined.

Austria’s Tamara Tippler followed in the footsteps of Brignone and Ross, and was able to finish in third place, securing her second super G podium of the season.

“I can’t believe it, but in the start I said, ‘You have to push and give the best’ and so the third place is very good,” the Austrian noted.

Vonn’s biggest rival, Lara Gut, was held in the start gate while Vonn was taken off the hill. When Gut was eventually able to ski the course, she landed in 16th place, earning 15 World Cup points and shrinking Vonn’s lead in the battle for the overall title. They are now just eight points apart.

Americans Stacey Cook and Mikaela Shiffrin found their way into the top 30, finishing in 24th and 29th respectively. Their teammates, Anna Marno, Jacqueline Wiles and Abby Ghent, all finished outside of the top 30.


The Scoop

by Hank Mckee

  1. Brignone, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  2. Ross, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  3. Tippler, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  4. Goggia, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Look
  6. Schnarf, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  7. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  8. Miradoli, Dynastar/Lange/Look
  9. Kling, Head/Head/Head
  10. Curtoni, Head/Head/Head

Women’s super G, Soldeu, Andorra, Feb 27, 2016. … Race is held from the reserve start on shortened course. … It is the 31st of 41 races on the women’s schedule. … The sixth of eight scheduled super G’s. … The third SG to be held in 20 days. … It is the third World Cup race held at Soldeu, the first super G and the first of any discipline not held in 2012.

It is the second career World Cup win for Federica Brignone, the first coming in GS at Soelden Oct. 24, 2015, the opening race of this season. … Her previous best in super G was sixth scored at Garmisch March 8, 2015 and at La Thuile Feb. 21. … The winning margin is .13 of a second. … Top 10 finishers are within the same second. … Top 25 within two seconds.

It is the second career World Cup podium for Laurenne Ross, the first coming in DH at Garmisch March 2, 2013. … She has been top 10 in her last six consecutive scoring races.

It is the second career World Cup podium for Tamara Tippler, the previous coming in super G at Lake Louise last Dec. 6.

It is the second career scoring result for Candace Crawford, the previous in slalom at Kuehtai Dec. 29, 2014. … It is the sixth best career Cup SG placing for Marie-Michele Gagnon. …It is the 20th best SG placing for Stacey Cook and her 13th score of the season. … It is the second super G scoring result for Mikaela Shiffrin.

Lindsey Vonn (DNF in race) leads the World Cup overall standings 1215-1207 over Lara Gut (16th in race). … Viktoria Rebensburg (seventh in race) is third overall with 914pts. … Vonn leads the super G standings 420-356 over Gut with Tina Weirather (13th in race) third with 286pts. … Laurenne Ross is seventh with 197pts. … With two races remaining a dozen women are still in contention to win the SG title.

Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 3564-3372 over Italy. … Switzerland is third at 2957pts. … The US is fourth with 2581 and Canada eighth with 980pts.


Official Results

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  8 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  57.33  0.00
 2  10 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  57.46  +0.13  2.45
 3  11 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  57.70  +0.37  6.97
 4  2 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  57.77  +0.44  8.29
 5  1 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  57.84  +0.51  9.61
 6  12 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  58.02  +0.69  13.00
 7  22 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  58.15  +0.82  15.45
 8  6 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  58.16  +0.83  15.64
 9  14 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  58.31  +0.98  18.46
 10  13 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  58.32  +0.99  18.65
 11  9 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  58.33  +1.00  18.84
 12  3 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  58.35  +1.02  19.22
 13  20 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  58.36  +1.03  19.40
 14  23 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  58.41  +1.08  20.35
 15  15 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  58.44  +1.11  20.91
 16  17 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  58.48  +1.15  21.66
 17  29 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  58.89  +1.56  29.39
 17  7 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  58.89  +1.56  29.39
 19  18 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  59.00  +1.67  31.46
 20  19 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  59.03  +1.70  32.03
 21  25 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  59.09  +1.76  33.16
 22  32 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN  59.15  +1.82  34.29
 23  52 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  59.25  +1.92  36.17
 24  26 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  59.27  +1.94  36.55
 25  24 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  59.32  +1.99  37.49
 26  30 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  59.34  +2.01  37.86
 27  35 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA  59.47  +2.14  40.31
 28  33 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT  59.52  +2.19  41.26
 29  31 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  59.64  +2.31  43.52
 30  47 MAIER Sabrina 1994 AUT  59.66  +2.33  43.89
 31  21 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  59.69  +2.36  44.46
 32  28 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  59.70  +2.37  44.65
 33  34 MARNO Anna 1992 USA  59.71  +2.38  44.84
 34  54 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  59.87  +2.54  47.85
 35  36 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  59.92  +2.59  48.79
 36  45 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  1:00.01  +2.68  50.49
 37  44 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:00.10  +2.77  52.18
 38  56 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:00.13  +2.80  52.75
 39  41 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  1:00.17  +2.84  53.50
 40  39 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:00.18  +2.85  53.69
 41  51 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:00.21  +2.88  54.25
 42  46 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  1:00.32  +2.99  56.33
 43  40 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:00.35  +3.02  56.89
 44  57 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:00.37  +3.04  57.27
 45  27 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:00.42  +3.09  58.21
 46  53 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:00.50  +3.17  59.72
 47  61 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:00.57  +3.24  61.04
 48  38 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  1:00.67  +3.34  62.92
 49  55 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:00.71  +3.38  63.67
 50  50 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  1:00.79  +3.46  65.18
 51  48 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN  1:00.91  +3.58  67.44
 52  42 GHENT Abby 1992 USA  1:01.09  +3.76  70.83
 53  65 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE  1:01.19  +3.86  72.72
 54  59 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB  1:01.34  +4.01  75.54
 55  49 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:01.81  +4.48  84.40
 56  64 HINTERREITNER Sissi 1997 AND  1:02.27  +4.94  93.06
 57  63 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR  1:02.95  +5.62  105.87
 58  62 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG  1:03.13  +5.80  109.26
 59  66 RAMENTOL Sara 1996 AND  1:03.30  +5.97  112.46
 60  60 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK  1:03.34  +6.01  113.22
Did not finish 1st run
 58 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI
 43 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE
 37 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA
 16 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA
 5 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI
 4 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI
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