In this episode Nicole and Sarah join you over Thanksgiving weekend from the World Cup in Killington Vermont!
The event has drawn an increasing number of spectators who converge at Killington to cheer on ski racers from around the world. The event brings millions of dollars in economic impact to the state of Vermont.
The Killington World Cup takes place over two days and includes women’s giant slalom and slalom races. Fans are always extra excited to see U.S. Alpine Ski Team superstar Mikaela Shiffrin who has won the slalom each of the last four years at Killington.
Unfortunately Saturday’s Giant Slalom race was cancelled due to high winds and poor visibility. We only got to see the first 9 racers run the course. The crowd was disappointed, but understood the decision was made for the safety of the athletes. The entertainment went on as planned and DJ Z-Trip performed before the headliner O.A.R.
Sunday was a much better day, the slalom race started at 9:45 AM with 63 races from around the world. Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) running first and winning the run by 0.20 seconds over Mikaela Shiffrin.
Of the 63 racers only the top 30 get to race the second run, and it is run in reverse order (number 30 goes first, and Petra runs 30th).
The crowd was so excited to watch the nail biting second run. There was fun music blasting, cheering and of course lots of cowbell!
The podium was Mikaela Shiffrin (1st), Petra Vlhova (2nd) and Wendy Holdener (3rd). Looking at the results gives you an idea of how close the times are in this event, the difference between first place and third place was only 0.83 seconds - and that is over 2 runs!
Another American ski racer, Paula Moltzan finished in 7th place!
An 18 year old ski racer from Sweden, Hanna Aronsson Elfman started bib 60, finished the first run in 28th place and ended in 15th place. Hanna’s second run was faster than all the other racers except Mikaela Shiffrin!
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