How Shiffrin, Vonn and more are skiing post-Olympics
Contrary to popular belief, Olympic skiers do not just go into hibernation once the Olympics end. When it comes to skiing, there ain’t no rest for the wickedly good, so all the Olympic stars you saw on the podium in PyeongChang have been back at it over the last few weeks. Since we know you know all the ins-and-outs of the different alpine skiing events now, you can keep up with what your favorite Olympic skiers have been up to on the ski circuit.
The International Ski Federation (FIS, as its more commonly known) season has come to a close this past week, and that means the final World Cup standings are finalized. These races may not have the big-time stage of the Olympics, but don’t be fooled: all the world’s best alpine skiers are there. A lot has been on the line as the race season winds down, and that means the pressure was on. Let’s see how some of the biggest names at the Olympics have fared during FIS alpine skiing competition:
(If you you’re interested in learning more about the FIS World Cup and how the rankings are calculated, Wikipedia has got you covered.)
The face of Team USA continued her dominance after the Olympic Games, racking up a pair of 1st-place finishes in World Cup events, with a 3rd-place in a Giant Slalom for good measure. The end-of-season victories secured Mikaela Shiffrin the Women’s Overall World Cup Globe, given to the ski racer with the most FIS World Cup points in any discipline. Her total of 1773 points is over 600-points higher than the second-place finisher, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. Shiffrin finishes the season with 18 total podium finishes, 12 of them being first-place victories. An incredible season all-around for the 23-year old.
Earning a bronze medal in PyeongChang, Lindsey Vonn proved she still has fight left in her. She ended the season strong as well, winning a World Cup Downhill race in Are, Sweden before also finishing third in the Super G. That brings her season totals to seven podium finishes, five of those in first-place. Vonn finished second in the Downhill points totals, behind only Sofia Goggia of Italy, the winner of the Downhill gold in South Korea.
Jessie Diggins introduced herself to the world with an exhilarating Olympic victory in the Women’s Cross-Country Team Sprint event, so it would be hard to fault her if she was feeling a little bit of an Olympic hangover. Diggins hasn’t slowed down one bit though, as she has ridden that momentum to three podium finishes since the Games ended. Diggins ends the season with the second-most WC points among women this season, a feat almost as incredible as her Gold medal.
Is Ester Ledecka a skier or a snowboarder? Does anyone care? The two-sport star shocked the world in PyeongChang with gold-medal wins in the Skiing Super-G and Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom events, and she continues to compete in both sports. Ledecka finished her ski season out with an 11th-place finish in the Downhill Event in Are, Sweden and a DNF in the Super-G. Considering skiing is not even her best sport, her 22nd rank in Downhill point totals is quite impressive. As for snowboarding? Ledecka finished first in total points in the Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallels categories, having won one event and reached the podium in another since the Olympics have ended.
Collecting two golds in PyeongChang, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher once again proved to the world just how good he is. He kept things rolling to close out the season as well, winning 1st three times in his four post-Olympics races. Those wins give him the Men’s Overall World Cup Globe for the 7th-straight year, also earning the Slalom and Giant Slalom Globes. With 13 of his 16 podium finishes on the year resulting in firsts, Hirscher is easily one of the World Cup skiers to beat on the men’s side.