Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins The Slalom Race in St. Moritz, Frida Hansdotter Grabs Slalom Crystal Globe

American Mikaela Shiffrin closed the 2015/16 Audi FIS World Cup season the way she started it: as a dominant force. Shiffrin won today’s slalom at the Season Finals in St. Moritz (SUI) in convincing fashion with a huge 2.03 second margin ahead of Veronika Velez Zuzulova.
Despite this being Shiffrin’s fifth slalom win of the season, it was still not enough for the American to take the discipline globe as Frida Hansdotter (SWE) earned the bragging rights for the season and formally picked up her globe at the awards ceremony after the race. Hansdotter’s consistency earned her the globe as she finished on the podium in seven of ten races, and was never out of the top-10.
"It's an amazing day for me", said Hansdotter after the race. "To stand there with the globe is something I have always dreamed of and I just don't have words to explain the feelings and emotions and what this means to me".
Hansdotter finished the day in third place, 2.13 seconds behind Shiffrin’s blistering pace.
Shiffrin, in all likelihood, would have been in the hunt for the globe had she not suffered an injury forcing her to sit out two months of World Cup action, in the end, she closed the season fourth in the standings.
I’m happy with how I’m skiing the slalom right now", said Shiffrin. "I’m not quite all the way back in the giant slalom, but I’m feeling very strong and confident with my slalom skiing and will work over the summer to stay at this level and improve".

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