As the 2018 ski racing season draws to a close, the FIS award their crystal globes to the top racers in each discipline. Here were the results:
Overall: Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Marcel Hirscher is very close to reaching legendary status, after winning his 7th Overall title in a row! The Austrian dominated in slalom and giant slalom with only the young Norwegian Kristoffersen getting close. Shriffin clocks up her 2nd overall title on the bounce by comfortably winning the slalom globe and finishing 3rd in the GS this season. Although she has been on the World Cup scene for 8 yrs, she is still only 23. I predict that this young american will smash every record in the book (once Vonn breaks the World Cup wins record of course!).
Downhill: Beat Feuz (SUI), Sofia Goggia (ITA)
Super-G: Kjetil Jansrud (NOR), Tina Weirather (LIE)
The speed events were much more competitive and exciting to watch than the technical races this season. The Ladies DH came down to the last race of the season in Are, Sweden, where Vonn took the win, but Goggia secured 2nd place taking the title by just 8 points. That is the same points difference as 6th and 8th in one race of the season.
Beat Fuez and Axel Lund Svindal have been going toe to toe all season in the DH events. Fuez took the World Cup eventually by just 70 points. The Swiss skier made 8 podiums out of 9 events, compared with Svindal’s 7.
Alpine Combined: Peter Fill (ITA), Wendy Holdener (SUI)
Giant Slalom: Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
Slalom: Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Hirscher has now overtaken Svindal by winning his 9 and 10th small globes (SL & GS) this season, as the Norwegian remains on 9. Ingemar Stenmark holds the most small globe wins in history at 16.
Vonn is chasing down the record for number of World Cup event wins. Stenmark holds the record at 86, whilst Vonn sits on 82 career wins. Will this fall next season? I think so.
What’s more impressive though Shiffrin sitting on 43 careers wins at only 23 yrs old! Surely we will overtake Gottschi into 4th place in the all time World Cup wins next season?
Bring on next season, the summer can’t come and go quick enough!