Some of the biggest ski races of the year took place Sunday, on the last day of the World Cup Finals in Aspen. In the ladies’ giant slalom, which you were able to hear live, exclusively on KSNO, Italy, which had a massive number of team members entered, managed to sweep the top 3 spots in the GS, led by its strongest competitor in that discipline, Federica Brignone. In the 2nd run that decided it all, Brignone was only 14 hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Sofia Goggia, about half a second in front of Marta Bassino, and that was the final order, 1, 2, & 3. Frenchwoman Tessa Worley, who’d excelled in the GS all season, did the expected and finished high enough without the win to lock up the giant slalom World Cup. She came in 5th, a little more than 1.8 seconds behind Brignone. 22-year-old Eagle-Vail resident Mikaela Shiffrin, who’d had a good first-run starting position of 3rd, didn’t seem to some observers as aggressive as she’d been in slalom, especially on the 2nd GS run. She finished 6th, 2.14 seconds behind Brignone. There’d been a slight possibility that if Mikaela had won the giant slalom as she did at Squaw Valley last week, she might’ve picked up a 3rd globe if Worley hadn’t done well. Each of them had won 3 GS events coming into Sunday. Without winning any of the week’s races, Shiffrin still took the Cup trophy for slalom, which she dominated all season and ran 2nd in on Saturday, and the overall women’s World Cup. She’s only the 5th American to ever take the multi-discipline globe, and her company is pretty elite. The others are current teammate Lindsey Vonn, along with all-time greats Tamara McKinney, Phil Mahre, and Bode Miller. Mikaela’s won the slalom trophy 4 of the last 5 years, and this year picked up her 3rd World Championship in slalom, the first time that had been done in 78 years.
On the men’s side, 28-year-old Austrian Marcel Hirscher, whom we heard Saturday enjoys not being the biggest celebrity around, continued to dominate. Some say he disapppointed himself a bit Sunday, making a slight mistake about 5 gates from the slalom finish, and coming in 4th. He still won the slalom cup, however, and claimed to be happy with his skiing in the first half of that 2nd run. The slalom was won by Swede Andre Myhrer, his first victory of the season in its last race. He edged Germany’s Felix Neureuther into 2nd place by only 14 hundredths of a second. Hirscher’s Austrian teammate Michael Matt looked sharp most of the way, certainly through the opening run, but then lost just enough time to come 3rd behind Neureuther by 1 one hundredth. Could anyone do better than Shiffrin did for the women? Hirscher did… He goes home with 3 World Cup crystal globes this season— for slalom, GS, and the men’s overall. That’s Hirscher’s 6th straight overall win, something no other man or woman has achieved in the half-century of the World Cup that was celebrated this week.
So the final globe distribution went like this… men’s overall, slalom, and GS to Hirscher… the downhill to Italian Peter Fill, Super-G, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, and the alpine combined to Frenchman Alexis Pinturault. The women’s overall and slalom belong to Mikaela Shiffrin… Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took the downhill in Aspen this week, Tessa Worley of France wins the GS, and Stuhec wins the alpine combined.
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who offered us comments for the broadcasts during Finals week. We’re proud to have been the only place you could hear the live race calls on the radio for the women’s races, right here on KSNO.
There are some other headlines to start the week…
…including a small wildfire breaking out on Pitkin County’s Lower River Road early Sunday afternoon. Aspen, Basalt, and Snowmass Village firefighters reportedly responded, with a peak group of some 30 personnel and 7 engines working to control the flames. After the fire was controlled and the area mopped up, estimates say between 5 and 6 acres burned, with no property damage and no injuries.
The Federal Procurement Data system shows the Secret Service recently signed a contract last week for over 12 thousand dollars, to rent ski gear and clothes from the Aspen Valley Ski Club, while President Trump’s adult children and their family members are in the valley the next few days. One problem– the AVSC says it doesn’t rent equipment or clothes, and doesn’t know where such a contract would have come from. The Secret Service itself tells the Aspen Times it doesn’t know anything of that contract either. The procurement system document reportedly shows a wrong number for the ski club, and what’s printed as a fax number isn’t a working number of any kind. Both the Aspen Police and Pitkin County Sheriff’s office say they haven’t been asked to provide any help to the Secret Service in protecting the Trump family.
A demonstration against the President’s policies was organized for Sunday morning in Aspen’s Paepcke Park, but it isn’t clear how many locals may have attended. Organizers called for solidarity with groups Mr. Trump has said he opposes, including legal and undocumented immigrants, and anyone of the Muslim faith.
61-year-old George Kremer is now a former Pitkin County Deputy. He was fired Thursday by Sheriff Joe DiSalvo. Another deputy reportedly smelled alcohol on Kremer’s breath while investigating a traffic accident on the 1st of this month. His breath alcohol was measured that morning at more than the legal limit of .08, but below .16. Kremer was charged with a gun violation, not a drunk driving one, for having his weapon with him at the time. He’d worked for the sheriff’s office for 19 years.
And the Carbondale Trustees have been updated on potential expansion of broadband web service in the community. The Garfield County Commissioners are expected to hear soon from the Glenwood Springs-based company NEO Connect, that’s studying the region and making recommendations.