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Early morning race preparation in Finland and a celebration at Lake Louise, British Columbia.
(Photos: Lyndsay Young)

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 Dec. 4, 2017

"After a fun and exciting and ultimately speechless trip to Canada, we are off to Europe for the rest of the season (with a little stop in South Korea)," said Lyndsay Young, DPT, ATC, class of 2015, after a very good weekend with her client, ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin.

Mikaela closed the weekend of speed racing Sunday at Canada’s Lake Louise resort, finishing fifth in a super-G and increasing her lead in the World Cup overall standings.

She was third and first in a pair of downhill races Friday and Saturday — both of which were career bests in that discipline — and Sunday marked the second-best super-G result of her career.

“It was a very, very great weekend,” Mikaela told reporters there. “I have to say it’s really, really exciting to race in speed (events).”

Mikaela plans to race super-G and combined next week at St. Moritz, Switzerland, then train slalom and giant slalom while skipping speed races the following weekend at Val d’Isere, France, and Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, in mid-January. The intervening races are slalom and giant slalom. Then she would race downhill at super-G Jan. 20-21 at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Mikaela beat her closest competitor in the World Cup overall standings, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, in all three of the Lake Louise races, gaining 69 points over her rival. Her current lead is 174 points. Viktoria finished 13th on Sunday.

This was Mikaela's first-ever downhill race on the FIS circuit. Watch it on Austrian public television.