Monday, November 30, 2015

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins His Second Race In A Row in Aspen


The World’s best technical ski racers from 19 different nations had a chance to compete on the technical and steep slope of the Aspen Mountain for the second day in succession. That day begun like on Saturday with perfect weather and snow conditions and Mikaela Shiffrin dominating her rivals in the first run.
Aiming for a career slalom win No. 16 and going into the second run with a 1.69 second advantage over her closest rival, the Olympic and World champion had a little bobble in top section of the course but finished strong to clock a combined time of 1:40.18, to lead Sweden's Hansdotter by 2.65 seconds. Czech Republic's Sarka Strachova sat in third, 2.90 seconds out.
"I just tried to do a replay of yesterday", said Shiffrin at the press conference. "I was like forget that yesterday happened and just do the exact same. I just did the same thing and it worked, so that is good".
"Sometimes I am surprised at the times but I think that's how I am skiing", she added after being asked if she was amazed by her performances. "Probably there were some things that were tricky for the other girls these past few days. So I think their level is probably higher than what they showed. That is kind of a typical training run for me. So I was really excited about how the last two days went because I managed to put my dream skiing in the races. I was really attacking".
Third after the first run, Frida Hansdotter put in a strong second run to make up some time and finally take the runner-up spot for the 13th time of her career.
"To have two podiums here is for sure a really good start to the slalom season", commented the Swede. "I really like it here, it is a very challenging hill, with the terrain and also the snow. The snow conditions change from top to bottom. It is drier in the lower section".
Sarka Strachova confirmed she was comfortable on that slope after her two career World Cup slalom victories happened in the Colorado resort in 2008 and 2009.
"This podium is really important for me because it's at the beginning of the season and it gives me confidence for the next races", said Strachova. "I am usually quite nervous before the season's start and now I can build on this result".
Mikaela Shiffrin made it two-for-two yesterday, winning her second slalom this winter and fifth in a row stretching back to last season. Her winning margin of 2.65 seconds over Swede Frida Hansdotter in second and the Czech Republic’s Sarka Strachova in third proved that yesterday’s record-breaking 3.07 second victory was no fluke.
This streak makes Shiffrin the first racer since Marlies Schild to win five slaloms in a row, an accomplishment the Austrian achieved during the 2011-2012 season. However, Shiffrin will have to win the next seven slaloms in order to eclipse Swiss legend Vreni Schneider’s all-time record of 12 sequential slalom wins stretching from 1988-1990.

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