Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Squaw Valley

Under overcast skies, warm temperatures, and soft snow for the women’s World Cup Giant Slalom at Squaw Valley, American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin managed to walk away with the win on home snow with a combined time of 2:16.42 seconds, a scant 0.07 seconds ahead of Italian Federica Brignone in second and and 0.86 seconds ahead of Frenchwoman Tessa Worley in third.
Mikkaela Shiffrin credited her time training on the race hill last spring as the deciding factor in her performance and admitted that the level of women’s GS is so high at the moment that in order to walk away with a win, you have to be willing to risk everything.
"I’ve skied this hill before and I’m really lucky, a lot of the girls I’m competing against have not. But I just knew that no matter what hill I’m skiing on, I have to attack like crazy", Shiffrin said. "All of these girls are going for wins, and I’m so happy with how that went today".
Shiffrin's runs were not flawless, but she risked enough to stay just a short beat ahead of Brignone, who sat almost a second behind the American in fourth place after the first run.
"I’m really happy. The first run I had a big mistake, and I almost stopped and I was really pissed because a slope like this is great, and the snow was not easy for anybody. I was expecting more difficulty, so I didn’t give my 100 percent. So I was really pissed. So I said second run, ‘Go hard or go home.’ I was hoping to beat Mikaela for a second, but then I saw she was skiing really, really good. But in front of all of these people, it is amazing".
Tessa Worley could have secured the GS title with a victory on the day but was ultimately pleased to stand on the podium in third after battling some nerves.
"It’s tough, for sure. The pressure is here and the girls are always fighting very hard and always skiing very fast", Worley said. "I’m just trying to do run after run and race after race and for sure today is another solid race. I would have liked to do better – every time, for sure, winning is the goal, but third place is still great, podium is still great. One more race, and I’ll be fighting hard".

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