Winter Olympics: Women’s Super-G – Preview and Live Updates

Women's Super-G at the 2022 Winter Olympics
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The women’s super-G – the third women’s alpine skiing event of the 2022 Winter Olympics – was highlighted by Mikaela Shiffrin returning to the start house after she skied out of her first two events. Shiffrin attacked the course, finishing ninth overall, and said after that the race that she feels much more optimistic heading into the final events of these 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

The final podium included Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami – who claimed the first Olympic gold medal of her career – silver medalist Mirjam Puchner (Austria), and bronze medalist Michelle Gisin (Switzerland).

See below for a preview of the women’s super-G, plus live updates On Her Turf provided as the race unfolded. A full recap of the women’s super-G can be found here.

Women’s Super-G Live Updates:

10:08pm ET: Defending Olympic champion Ester Ledecka, wearing bib number 2, skied into first place. She was quickly surpassed by Austria’s Mirjam Puchner and Michelle Gisin.

10:11pm ET: After a strong run from Austrian Tamara Tippler, Ledecka was pushed off the podium. Puchner is currently in gold-medal position, while Gisin is in second.

10:15pm ET: Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami (skiing with bib number 7) skied into first place. Gut-Behrami is the reigning world champion in this event. Four years ago in PyeongChang, she was in bronze-medal position when Ester Ledecka skied into gold-medal position, bumping Gut-Behrami from the podium.

10:17pm ET: Federica Brignone, who already owns one medal from these 2022 Beijing Winter Games, skied into sixth. Fun fact about Brignone: her mother, Maria Rosa Quario, is a two-time Olympian in alpine skiing (1980, 1984). Since retiring, Quario has attended every Olympics as a journalist, but wasn’t able to make the trip to Beijing.

10:25pm ET: Mikaela Shiffrin, leading at the first checkpoint, skied into eighth following a couple of bobbles on the slope. Still, Shiffrin skied aggressively in an event in which she has less experience, which is a great sign for the three-time Olympic medalist heading into the downhill and combined later at these Winter Olympics. Shiffrin has also said she is hoping to compete in the team event, which she has rarely ever entered before.

10:29pm ET: Elena Curtoni, one of the favorites entering Beijing, skis into ninth. Podium currently stands as Lara Gut-Behrami, Mirjam Puchner, Michelle Gisin… but they can’t relax yet.

10:35pm ET: Switzerland’s Corinne Suter skied into 11th, a surprising result. No one has surpassed Shiffrin since she finished eighth. The podium is starting to look more secure… Potential spoilers include Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel (bib 17), Italy’s Marta Bassino (bib 19), and maybe even American Isabella “Bella” Wright (bib 21).

10:37pm ET: Alice Robinson, a 19-year-old from New Zealand crashes out, but is able to ski down on her own.

10:43pm ET: Ragnhild Mowinckel, a two-time Olympic silver medalist at the PyeongChang games, skied into sixth.

10:50pm ET: Switzerland’s Jasmine Flury, wearing bib 20, skis into 12th. Because the top skiers in the world compete in the top-20, it is unlikely – but not impossible! – that the podium of Lara Gut-Behrami, Mirjam Puchner, Michelle Gisin will change… But it’s not over yet. Four years ago in PyeongChang, Ledecka won a shocking gold medal wearing bib number 26.

10:54pm ET: American Isabella “Bella” Wright makes her Olympic debut just two months after a nasty crash. The 25-year-old from Park City, Utah, skied into 19th. “First race in a while,” she said in the finish area while making a heart with her hands.

11:00pm ET: In the finish area, Mikaela Shiffrin tells NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis that she feels much more optimistic after her solid super-G run. “I proved to myself that I can still trust my instincts a bit,” she said.

As for the outpouring of support she has received since skiing out of both the giant slalom and slalom, Shiffrin said. “I would never have expected that humans could be so kind… How kind people could be in the face of my failure.”

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin’s interview with Todd Lewis:

Looking ahead, Shiffrin said she plans to do the downhill training runs before making the decision to compete in the event. (The downhill is the only alpine skiing discipline that has training runs; in every other event, skiers are allowed to expect the course, but not ski it.)

11:07pm ET: It’s less and less likely anyone will overtake Lara Gut-Behrami to win gold. While Gut-Behrami is one of the greatest alpine skiers of the generation – she owns one overall World Cup title and three super-G discipline titles – this will be her first Olympic gold medal. She also is the first Swiss skier (of any gender) to win super-G gold.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Gut-Behrami won bronze in downhill, sharing the podium with co-gold medalists Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin (older sister of current bronze medalist Michelle). One year removed from a major knee injury, she struggled at the 2018 Winter Olympics, DNF’ing in two events and finishing fourth in super-G after Ledecka’s surprise win.

11:31pm ET: Only eight competitors remaining and the podium hasn’t changed.

11:34pm ET: Sarah Schleper is on course! Schleper, a dual U.S.-Mexico citizen, competed for Team USA at four Olympics: beginning in Nagano in 1998 and concluding at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. She initially retired in 2011 before returning to the sport – this time competing for Mexico. Schleper became a citizen of Mexico after marrying her husband, Federico Gaxiola, in 2007. By competing in Beijing, Schleper becomes the first female alpine skier to compete at six Olympics. The mother-of-two (son Lasse, daughter Resi) skied into 35th.

11:40pm ET: The final skier – Ireland’s Tess Arbez – has crossed the finish line and it’s official: Lara Gut-Behrami claims super-G gold, Mirjam Puchner takes the silver, Michelle Gisin the bronze. Shiffrin places ninth, a promising result for the three-time Olympic medalist ahead of the final events of these 2022 Winter Olympics.

11:41pm ET: Time to switch over to the USA-CZE women’s hockey quarterfinal… It’s currently airing live on USA Network, or you can watch on Peacock or NBCOlympics.com. Tied 0-0 after one period.

What is the super-G?

Super-g stands for “super giant slalom.” The event combines the speed of downhill with the precision of giant slalom. One run determines the winner.

How to watch the women’s super-G:

Event Date/Time (U.S. Eastern) Date/Time (Beijing, China) How to Watch 
Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G 2/10/22 10:00 PM 2/11/22 11:00 AM NBC | Peacock | NBCOlympics.com

Who are the super-G medal favorites at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

After skiing out of her first two events (giant slalom and slalom), Mikaela Shiffrin is slated to compete in super-G tonight (bib #11). Beijing will mark her first time competing the event at the Winter Olympics. She has won a medal in the event at the last two world championships (gold in 2019, bronze in 2021), but she isn’t necessarily a favorite for Beijing, especially after failing to finish her first two events.

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The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka enters as the defending Olympic champion after an improbable 2018 gold medal. Ledecka, who competes in both alpine skiing and snowboarding, already owns one medal from these Beijing Winter Games: on Tuesday, she won her second straight gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom event. After that win, Ledecka joked that the move between villages was more daunting than competing in two sports. (The 2022 Winter Olympics are split between three zones; Ledecka was based out of Zhangjiakou zone during the snowboarding competition, but alpine skiing is being contested in the Yanqing zone.)

“The hardest part is to take all the stuff and take it to the other village,” she said. “I’m very messy and I have stuff everywhere.”

Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami is the reigning super-G world champion and should be in the mix to win her first ever Olympic gold. Earlier this week, the 30-year-old claimed her second career Olympic medal – a bronze – in the women’s giant slalom.

Other top contenders include Italy’s Federica Brignone and Elena Curtoni, Austria’s Tamara Tippler and Mirjam Puchner, and Switzerland’s Corinne Suter. (Full start list is below.)

It’s also possible there could be another surprise winner, like 2018. In alpine skiing’s speed events (which includes super-G) it is rare for less-established skiers to have success on the World Cup circuit, given that veterans gain experience competing at the same venues year-after-year. But every top skier in today’s super-G field will be competing on this slope for the first time in their career.

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Women’s Super-G – Beijing Olympic Course Stats:

  • Course Name: Rock
  • Vertical Drop: 540 meters
  • Course Length: 1984 meters
  • Course Setter: Florian Scheiber

2022 Winter Olympics: Women’s Super-G – Start Order:

1 – AUT – Ariane RAEDLER
2 – CZE – Ester LEDECKA
3 – AUT – Mirjam PUCHNER
4 – SUI – Michelle GISIN
5 – AUT – Tamara TIPPLER
6 – FRA – Tessa WORLEY
7 – SUI – Lara GUT-BEHRAMI
8 – AUT – Cornelia HUETTER
9 – ITA – Federica BRIGNONE
10 – FRA – Laura GAUCHE
11 – USA – Mikaela SHIFFRIN
12 – FRA – Romane MIRADOLI
13 – ITA – Elena CURTONI
14 – CAN – Marie-Michele GAGNON
15 – SUI – Corinne SUTER
16 – NZL – Alice ROBINSON
17 – NOR – Ragnhild MOWINCKEL
18 – ITA – Francesca MARSAGLIA
19 – ITA – Marta BASSINO
20 – SUI – Jasmine FLURY
21 – USA – Isabella WRIGHT
22 – ROC – Julia PLESHKOVA
23 – POL – Maryna GASIENICA-DANIEL
24 – CAN – Roni REMME
25 – BIH – Elvedina MUZAFERIJA
26 – GER – Kira WEIDLE
27 – SLO – SAIONI FERK
28 – USA – Alix WILKINSON
29 – FRA – Tiffany GAUTHIER
30 – USA – Keely CASHMAN
31 – CZE – Tereza NOVA
32 – AND – Cande MORENO
33 – CZE – Barbora NOVAKOVA
34 – AUS – Greta SMALL
35 – CHN – Yueming NI
36 – ISR – Noa SZOLLOS
37 – SVK – Rebeka JANCOVA
38 – ARG – FARRIOL BARUZZI
39 – ISL – Holmfridur FRIDGEIRSDOTTIR
40 – MEX – Sarah SCHLEPER
41 – SVK – Petra HROMCOVA
42 – CHN – Fanying KONG
43 – UKR – Anastasiia SHEPILENKO
44 – IRL – Tess ARBEZ

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Kaillie Humphries elevates another fresh U.S. face to podium status in two-woman bobsled World Cup

Kaillie Humphries of USA, Kaysha Love of USA in action at the 2 women's bobsleigh during Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
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PARK CITY, UTAH – Kaillie Humphries extended her podium streak on Saturday at the IBSF World Cup, where she and U.S. push athlete Jasmine Jones finished third in the two-woman bobsled.

The third-place finish in Park City marked the sixth podium for Humphries at the Park City track, which hosted the 2002 Olympics, and was Jones’ career-first World Cup podium in just her second World Cup start.

“This is our first race together, so really excited about that,” said the 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships titles. She earned her 29th career World Cup win on Friday in Park City in the women’s monobob.

“Definitely a work in progress. … The runs weren’t perfect, but I’m really happy with our starts, happy with our drives minus a few little mistakes. It’s a good starting point, and we’ll look to grow from here.”

Humphries and Jones finished with a combined, two-run time of 1:37.69, 0.32 behind winners Kim Kalicki and brakewoman Leonie Fiebig of Germany at 1:37.37. Fellow Germans Laura Nolte and Lena Neunecker were second at 0.23 back.

Kalicki and Fiebig broke a 16-year-old track record with their first run, laying down a time of 48.60 seconds and besting the time set by Americans Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming – the 2006 Olympic silver medalists – in December 2006 (48.73). It also marked the second straight victory for Kalicki, who’s won five career World Cup titles including last week’s two-woman bobsled race in Whistler, Canada.

“I was hoping Kaillie would get [the record],” said Rohbock, who is now a U.S. team coach and was on hand to see her record fall. “That first run there, she had that little skid in the bottom, so that didn’t help, but Kailee’s always putting up a great performance. And Jasmine, another great brakewoman, so we’re really lucky that we have that depth.”

For Team USA, it marked the second straight week that a fresh face earned her first podium finish while competing with Humphries. Last week in Whistler, push athlete Emily Renna and Humphries placed third in Renna’s first-ever World Cup appearance.

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“Being able to race with her was really special,” said the 29-year-old Renna, who was a college track athlete at University of Rhode Island. “It’s really nice to be around seasoned veterans. It definitely makes you feel better in the back sled with you when you’ve got a good pilot who knows the track.”

Renna finished in eighth place in Park City with 12-year U.S. team veteran and pilot Nicole Vogt (1:39.04). Vogt partnered with Jones in her first World Cup last week where they finished seventh in Whistler, 1.33 seconds behind winners Kalicki and German teammate Anabel Galander.

“To have an opportunity to be with Kaillie in my World Cup debut – it’s exciting,” said the 26-year-old Jones, who was a collegiate track and field athlete at Eastern Michigan. “I just feel like I have so much more in the tank to give, and I’m just hungry for it.”

Jones is particularly gratified with her performance after returning full-time to bobsled less than 18 months ago following the birth of her daughter, Jade Quinn Jones, in February 2021. The Greensburg, Pa., native returned to training just five months postpartum, having sat out the 2020-21 season. She competed on the North American Cup last year, finishing the season with a win (the third NA Cup title of her career) and a third place in Lake Placid.

“I’m thankful,” said Jones. “Opportunity is the main thing, and I just feel blessed to have my first World Cup podium. I’m screaming on the inside. I may not show it, but I am jumping for joy because I’m just that excited and happy to have this accomplishment.”

She admits, however, it’s not always easy to compete balance a full-time competitive career with being a mom.

“Sometimes it’s a struggle being away from my daughter,” said Jones, whose mom takes care of Jade while she travels. “I try to get my facetimes in every night and just know that when I’m pushing, I’m doing it for her. Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll have her around on the sidelines cheering me on, and that’s my main motivation – that this is for her.”

The BMW IBSF World Cup continues its North American swing Dec. 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kaillie Humphries faces IVF journey head on — and collects monobob World Cup win along the way

Gold medallist Kaillie Humphries of Team United States celebrates during the Women's Monobob.
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PARK CITY, UTAH — Kaillie Humphries knew the quest to start a family would impact her 2022-23 season, but it’s certainly not slowing down Team USA’s reigning monobob Olympic gold medalist, who captured her first World Cup title in the discipline on Friday.

The 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic golds (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships, earned her 29th career World Cup win and her third victory on the Park City track, where she won the two-woman bobsled competitions in 2012 and 2016. Competing in Utah – as well as North American World Cup stops in Whistler last week and in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 17-18 – is one of the reasons that Humphries pushed pause on her journey to motherhood.

“I’m excited,” Humphries said following the win, marking her second straight podium in monobob following a third-place finish last week in Whistler. “I was excited for this year before it started. It’s part and parcel of why my husband and I delayed the IVF process and starting a family this season. To be able to be back in North America and have the first half of the season here – it’s been a long time since we’ve had that, so I wanted to be able to compete and it feels awesome.”

That’s not to say the leadup to this season has been without its share of hiccups. In fact, Humphries admits that following the Beijing Olympics, she had hoped to get pregnant immediately, but she and husband Travis Armbruster had to pivot when a diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis made it clear that in vitro fertilization would be the best path for pregnancy.

“Right after the Olympics, I was like, ‘We’re going to get pregnant; it’s gonna be all good,’” she said. “I thought, my body has always performed, and it wasn’t going to be an issue. Fast forward to I find out we have to do IVF. We do the first egg retrieval, and it doesn’t go as well as I had hoped — which anybody that’s done this process knows, you can’t control any aspect of it. And so having to do a second round of egg retrieval, …it pushed everything back.”

What’s more, it brought Humphries’ training to a standstill at times, when she would have to limit all physical activity during the three-week period surrounding the egg-retrieval process.

“It impacted my training coming into this year a lot,” she says, “but I also think it definitely reset my hormones, which turns out I needed. I don’t think was a bad thing. I knew coming into this year, I wasn’t going to be in the same shape as I have been in the past, and I had to make peace with that. I know that each and every race I’m racing myself into shape, and each race is a preparation for January’s World Championships.”

Humphries also chose to share her IVF journey publicly, and she’s documented every step of the way, believing that her story makes it less scary not just for her but also for other women and female athletes who might be facing the same thing.

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“My husband and I weren’t sure that we wanted to share it at first,” she admits. “But I felt it was important just to showcase this. I have nothing to hide. And as much as there are parts of me certain days when I think, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ At the end of the day, I know I’m not alone in this.

“It’s important, I do have a voice, and I want other people to know, as an Olympic gold medalist, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. Infertility exists in the female body, and it’s important that I talk about it in my journey and hopefully that’s inspired other people.”

She says she’s received an outpouring of support, which has been particularly gratifying as she continues to put a painful breakup with Team Canada in the rearview mirror. Humphries, who was born in Calgary, competed for Canada for 16 years, winning three Olympic medals including a bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018. But the relationship came to an abrupt end later just five months after the 2018 Games, after Humphries alleged emotional and mental harassment by a former coach.

Winning a gold medal in Beijing just two months after her U.S. citizenship was finalized proved to be turning point for Humphries, who commemorated the milestone with two new tattoos. She first added the date of her win – Feb. 14, 2022 – to the back of her left hand and a larger rose and skull illustration to the back of her right knee and calf, all of which commemorate her triumph over that darker period.

“The skull represents a rebirth and a growth, overcoming challenges and/or obstacles and turning something negative into something positive,” explains Humphries, who says she chose the rose because it’s the national flower of the U.S. as well as a symbol of love won or lost. She notes that she has “an actual Olympic one” planned for August 2024, which is when her favorite tattoo artist is next available.

Humphries has also found the silver lining in her IVF journey, as the competition season has been a welcome break from some of the self-imposed pressure.

“By pushing pause for four or five months and competing, it allowed me mentally to know that we can go into all of next summer and all winter focusing on just doing the actual embryo transfers and having a good pregnancy,” she says. “I don’t feel stressed to try and get pregnant right away. I felt like I was becoming competitive with myself, wondering why isn’t this working? Why can’t I do this? I tried to control too many things, and I started to get really frustrated. Mentally, it was hard. So, by pushing pause, going back to what I know — which is the sport, which is what I love – it’s allowed me to control a little bit of my future.”

Humphries’ season continues Saturday as the IBSF World Cup from Park City concludes with the two-woman bobsleigh.