Can Mikaela Shiffrin climb the Killington podium for the third straight year?

Mikaela Shiffrin returns to Killington to attempt a third straight podium in slalom

Can Mikaela Shiffrin climb the Killington podium for the third straight year?

Will Mikaela three-peat?

With two Killington Cups under her belt, and her second straight overall World Cup title, the expectations and the bar is as high as ever for the 23-year-old slalom specialist.

The Killington Cup, the East Coast's only stop of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Tour, returns to Killington, Vermont, for Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-25, 2018. Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant slalom events on Killington’s Superstar trail. Killington’s World Cup races will be broadcast to an audience of 2.1 million people in 60 countries.

In the 2016-2017 season, Shiffrin became the youngest Overall champion since the 2002/03 season, when Janica Kostelic won at the age of 21. Last season, Shiffrin became just the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles, joining Lindsey Vonn who has won the prize four times, and only the ninth woman to win the Overall crystal globe in back-to-back seasons. Shiffrin also clinched her fifth slalom title last season, after winning it in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Can Mikaela Shiffrin three-peat at the Killington Cup on Thanksgiving weekend 2018?

 

And let's all hope that Lindsey Vonn, who has won a women's record 77 World Cup races, will make her return to Killington in her quest to catch the only skier with more World Cup race wins, Ingemar Stenmark with 86.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to welcome the best women ski racers in the world back to Killington for the third year,” says Herwig Demschar, chair of Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee.  “Spectators will be treated to a weekend of exciting racing, as well as music and entertainment, ensuring it will be a party not to be missed."

Last year's race surpassed the attendance record for a FIS Ski Women's World Cup event in the United States. The Killington Cup is a celebration of the history and passion for alpine ski racing here in the Northeast. In addition to watching the fastest female ski racers in Slalom and Giant Slalom battle for the top prize, the weekend is packed full of entertainment including live music, fireworks, parades, movie screenings and the Friday night bib draw featuring top athletes. The 2016 and 2017 events included concerts by major headliners O.A.R. and Dispatch, but the musical lineup for 2018 is yet to be determined.

 

Last year's Killington Cup surpassed the attendance record for a FIS Ski Women's World Cup event in the United States. ©Mark D Phillips

 

General admission and parking for the event are FREE.

A number of ticketed, enhanced viewing options go on sale Wednesday, September 5, at 9am. Quantities are limited and these tickets will sell out fast, including Grandstand, Premier Grandstand, SuperFan, and, new for 2018, the 4241’ Finish Pavilion. Two Preferred Parking Pass options will be available too.

The new 4241’ Finish Pavilion Ticket offers access to the ticketed viewing area located on skier’s left off Superstar (below the KMS bag jump). The ticket includes a semi-heated tent and premium viewing, plus a continental breakfast and an all-you-can-eat BBQ with soft drinks and hot beverages catered by the Peak Lodge. A beer and wine cash bar with drink specials will be available.

The festival village will open on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and will be the location for a free Friday apres Athlete Bib Presentation, concert and fireworks show. The Athlete Bib Presentation, a fan favorite, will take place at 5:45 p.m. with a free concert and fireworks show following the presentation to end the evening's activities, approximately at 6:15 p.m. The top 15 ranked giant slalom athletes will be presented with their start order for the giant slalom race on Saturday. Each athlete will be introduced on the stage and presented with their bib by local ski race athletes. Arrive early because it starts punctually at 5:45 p.m. and will end at 6:15 p.m. so the athletes can prepare for Saturday's races.

Set your alarm for 9am, Wednesday, September 5th, to purchase tickets.

Return to our website for our coverage of the weekend events in Killington. Follow us on social media and see our live coverage on Instagram, @sbnbrooklyn, and our daily posts both on southbrooklyn.com and on https://www.facebook.com/SouthBrooklynNetwork.

Revisit the last two Killington Cup's on southbrooklyn.com:

Mikaela Rules, Winning Slalom at Killington

The Women's Ski World Cup returns to Killington for Thanksgiving 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin searches for her inner Bode

Mikaela Schiffrin leads US Ski Team to Killington for World Cup

FIS World Cup Giant Slalom brings the best to Killington

Mikaela Shiffrin wins 21st World Cup Slalom at Killington

Tessa Worley of France wins Giant Slalom at Killington!

Mikaela Shiffrin cries as she hugs her Nana after winning the slalom at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Slalom at Killington. Pauline Condron, the 95-year-old grandmother of the Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, watched the race for the second time at KIllington. ©Mark D Phillips
Mikaela Shiffrin cries as she hugs her Nana after winning the slalom at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Slalom at Killington. Pauline Condron, the 95-year-old grandmother of the Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, watched the race for the second time at KIllington. ©Mark D Phillips