Sunday, November 26, 2017
Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Killington
Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, the Olympic champion dominated both slalom runs to finish ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 1.64) and Bernadette Schild (+ 2.72).She claims her 26th World Cup slalom victory in front of a home crowd.
The 22-year-old American blitzed the field in snowy and windy conditions. "It worked out quite well", said Shiffrin. "It wasn't easy but when I ski balanced it makes it easier than when I don't".
Shiffrin's margin of victory was the largest for any women's World Cup race since the American captured the World Cup Finals slalom by 2.03 seconds in 2016.Cheered on by her grandmother – known affectionately as "Nana" – Shiffrin wowed the Vermont crowd just as she did at the same event last year. Vlhova did her best to defend the red leader bib in slalom, but Shiffrin was able to match her early season results. The two are now joint leaders of the ladies' slalom standings. Schild, meanwhile, picked up her second podium in a year at a U.S. resort, adding to her third-place finish at Squaw Valley from March.
A firm surface caused trouble for some skiers while aiding others. Those with higher starting bibs had a great opportunity to move up in ranking, but those who tried to charge too hard on the grippy ice paid the price. Denise Feierabend of Switzerland scored a career-best slalom finish from start number 21. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden made a big move from bib 24 to finish sixth, and Austrian Katharina Gallhuber leaped from bib 38 to finish seventh.