LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland —
Shiffrin, who celebrates her 18th birthday Wednesday, has three wins to Maze’s two, and trails by just seven points with 100 awarded to the race winner on Saturday.
Maze had already outpaced Vonn, who was slowed by illness in November, before the defending champion’s season-ended crash in the worlds super-G, which Maze won.
Such is Vonn’s strength in downhill that the five-time title winner still leads the season-long standings, but her 1-point margin won’t last if Maze starts and gets a top-15 placing on Wednesday.
The weather forecast suggests the race will happen, though Maze can be overtaken by Vonn’s good friend, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, or her American teammate Stacey Cook.