Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Slalom in Are

The 18-year-old American managed to protect her lead from her solid first run to win today's slalom in a combined time of 1:50.66. The young Olympic champion beat local heroes Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Anna Swenn-Larsson and Frida Hansdotter. The Swedes finished respectively 0.60, 1.50 and 1.90 seconds off the winning pace.
Shiffrin won her fourth season World Cup slalom today and equals her own American record, set last season. "I really tried to attack in both runs", she commented. "The second run was difficult but I was lucky to start when the sun came out and to have a better visibility. Anna and Maria had an amazing second run too, so that inspired me to go fast".
The American also sets record for most World Cup slalom wins before turning 19. Today's race was the last World Cup slalom race as an 18-year-old for Olympic slalom champion, who turns 19 on 13 March. With today's win, she becomes the first woman to win eight before turning 19.
In the slalom standings Shiffrin has now points 130 points more than Frida Hansdotter and hence claims her second straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title.

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