ARE, Sweden – Italian skier Dominik Paris earned Wednesday his maiden title as he won the super-G gold medal at the FIS Alpine World Championships at Sweden’s downhill course Are.
The 29-year-old Paris covered Are’s 2,172-meter (7,126-feet) course with a time of one minute and 24.20 seconds, just 0.09 seconds ahead of Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Johan Clarey of France, who tied for the silver medal.
Leading up to Are, Paris had been skiing magnificently, winning the 2019 Kitzbuhel downhill held at the Austrian town of Innsbruck, considered by many to be the most dangerous and spectacular slope of the FIS circuit.
Clarey also had a good run at Are, becoming the oldest medalist in the history of the FIS Alpine World Championships at 38 years and 29 days, breaking the previous 2007 record held by Sweden’s retired skier Patrik Jarbyn. Jarbyn won a silver medal at the age of 37 years and 308 days.
Earlier, Mikaela Shiffrin, 23, of the United States secured Tuesday the women’s super-G gold medal at Are, putting her in position to win her third consecutive “Crystal Globe,” the award for each season’s top skier.
During Tuesday’s event, Shiffrin’s main title rival and compatriot, 34-year-old Lindsey Vonn, had a brutal crash that ended Vonn’s super-G gold medal aspirations as she straddled a gate mid-air, tangling both her legs and crashing down, hitting her face and body on the icy slope before sliding to a stop near the course’s safety nets.
Vonn later said that her face was bruised and that she felt like she had been “hit by an eighteen-wheeler,” but stressed that otherwise she was fine.
Yet the crash was an unfortunate ending for Vonn, as she has expressed her desire to retire after the Are circuit and end her historic career.
The Minnesota native rose to became the greatest skier of her generation, taking home four overall World Cup titles, including three consecutive Crystal Globes from 2008 to 2010, the most since Annemarie Moser-Proll of Austria won her sixth world championship in 1979.
Vonn will not be the only skier who is to call it quits at Are as Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, 36, will also end his career at the Are circuit Saturday.