It’s the M & M Show…

World Cup fans are had pressed to think of any time in the history of ski racing where two racers have simultaneously dominated the competition the way Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher are doing right now….Hirscher skied to a stunning 60th career victory this weekend on the Face de Bellevarde slope in Val d’Isere over Henrik Kristoffersen and Matts Olsson. The scheduled slalom event was cancelled by weather, but there is a remote possibility that Hirscher could be awarded a 61st victory: The International Ski Federation is investigating whether Stefan Luitz be disqualified from victory in giant slalom at Beaver Creek from last Sunday for using an oxygen mask between runs. Apparently the rule is kind of vague, and I suspect the win will be upheld…Shiffrin meanwhile was in St. Moritz, where the good people of Switzerland could only shake their heads in astonishment as they watched the American sweep a pair of victories in two disciplines that are about as diverse as they possibly could be. First up was the speed event, where Shiffrin beat expected Super G stars Tina Weirather and Lara Gut-something to the top of the podium. This was followed by a dual slalom event yesterday, depicted in the photo above, which required Shiffrin to ski against the clock and then five match races to get the win. The final was head to head against Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, and it appeared that Vlhova was going to get the best of her until Shiffrin rallied for her 48th victory. Her season has simply been incredible thus far…back tomorrow with resort news!

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