Weekend Olympic roundup: Shiffrin and Vonn open World Cup season in Austria
Alpine skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn open season in Soelden
The 2017-18 World Cup season opened on Saturday with Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg winning a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished fifth and admitted “I’m disappointed because I didn’t make turns today like I know I can.”
Lindsey Vonn, who was 34th after the first run and did not qualify for the second run, said “I’m always really nervous in the first race. It was good to get that out of the way and now I’m ready for Lake Louise,” where a women’s downhill will be held on Dec. 1.
Shiffrin finished fifth in giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics and claimed the silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.
Vonn hopes to race giant slalom in PyeongChang, but is primarily a speed racer, excelling in downhill and super-G. She had not raced giant slalom since Jan. 30, 2016.
Wind gusts forced the men’s slalom that was scheduled for Sunday to be canceled.
The next World Cup races will take place in Levi, Finland, with a women’s slalom on Nov. 11 and a men’s slalom on Nov. 12.
Figure skating: Americans grab three medals at Skate Canada
This weekend was the second stop of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Skate Canada took place in Regina, Saskatchewan this year. A full recap is here.
Canada's figure skating federation also announced they would host the Grand Prix Final next season in Vancouver.
Here are the medalists of each discipline:
- Gold: Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
- Silver: Maria Sotskova (RUS)
- Bronze: Ashley Wagner (USA)
- Gold: Shoma Uno (JPN)
- Silver: Jason Brown (USA)
- Bronze: Alexander Samarin (RUS)
- Gold: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (CAN)
- Silver: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (CAN)
- Bronze: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA)
- Gold: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (CAN)
- Silver: Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot (GER)
- Bronze: Vanessa James and Morgan Cirpes (FRA)
Next weekend, skaters are off to the Cup of China in Beijing for the third stop of the series.
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