Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Victory in Bormio

After a first run where the sky poured a mixture of snow and rain on the skiers, in the second one the weather improved but conditions remained tough.
Mikaela Shiffrin started the New Year the best possible way – on top of the podium. After a very strong first run where the weather conditions didn’t seem to bother her much, the young American kept her focus in the second run and took home her sixth career victory and 13th podium.
Last year Zagreb, this year Bormio, "It’s always good to start a year like this, to keep it going", an excited Shiffrin said after her victory run.
"I am used to skiing in these conditions, on the East Coast it’s like this a lot. It was a tough day, you really had to fight and I am psyched that I did. They had to set a course very similar to the first run, to stay on the ‘salted’ snow so I felt like I didn’t need to worry that much, I had skied that course before. This allowed me to relax and just go for it. I think I was able to work my skis and keep the speed going", she continued.
Maria Pietilae-Holmner surprised everyone when in the first run she crossed the finish line in second place with bib number 13. It was a good sign that she could do well even if the slope was not perfect and she proved it in the second run, skiing a great run and holding tight to her podium position.  
"This second place is like a victory for me", a gloving Pietilae-Holmner said. "I felt like I could ski fast, I was good in training and I was fast in the last race in Lienz but I never made it down so I am super happy to have delivered today. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed being on the podium".
In these conditions, anything can happen and Nastasia Noens showed how things can turn around quickly in a race like today’s. 
The French slalom specialist was the only "new name" on the podium as the best time of the second run earned her 10 positions and she celebrated the second podium of her career.
"I didn’t change much in the second run, I just tried to ski fast and actually enjoy the ride. I’m really happy with this third place, this is a great moment for me and it makes me look forward to the Olympics", Noens said. 

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