Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Slalom Victory and Title in Lenzerheide


Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated her 19th birthday week in style at the Finals this week in Lenzerheide (SUI), winning the Season Title in slalom after also taking the victory in today’s race by a hefty 1.44 second margin. It was her fifth slalom win of the season on the World Cup tour.
Shiffrin had a commanding lead in the overall standings entering the race and left nothing to chance with two solid runs that left little question that the slalom globe was hers for the 2013-14 season. It was Shiffrin’s second slalom globe in her young career making her the youngest female to earn the globe twice and the only non-European to do so.
The teen sensation took today in stride, "I didn’t feel much pressure today. It just felt like a kind of a training day and I was just really trying to let my skis gun. When I was younger I used to ski really turny courses. My coach always tried to challenge with those".
After the first run Shiffrin held a 1.50 second lead over Swedes Frida Hansdotter and Maria Pietalae-Holmner. Shiffrin continued her smooth skiing in the second run, losing just 0.06 of her lead. Hansdotter kept the second position in the final standings, while Austria’s Marlies Schild bumped herself up into podium position with a strong second run.
Ironically, today’s podium is an exact copy of the overall season slalom standings with Hansdotter and Schild also taking second and third place respectively on the season.

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