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America’s Michaela Shiffrin Tops Podium In Austria; Third Win

Mikaela Auletta (AP)

 

It's getting to be a habit. A good one. Michaela Shiffrin, 17, from Eagle-Vail, Colo. by way of Burke Academy in Vermont, picked up her third victory in the Audi FIS World Cup slalom at night Tuesday in Flachau, Austria.

 

Shiffrin was second after the opening run, but posted the third-fastest time in the second run to finish in  a combined time of 1 minute, 51.45 seconds. This is her first year on the  world stage. 

 

"My secret is to not let anything stop me," Shiffrin said. "Sometimes the crowd gets into your head and all of a sudden you're nervous but instead I just let them take me to the finish."

 

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 0.85 behind in second, while Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third, back by 1.10. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany led Shiffrin by 0.56 after the first run, but she straddled a gate near the end of the second run and did not finish.

 

Shiffrin became the first American to win two World Cup races before turning 18 by grabbing the Snow Queen title Jan. 4 in Zagreb, Croatia. She is exactly the same age (17 years, 308 days) as the great Austrian racer Annemarie Moser-Proell when she earned her third career win in 1971. Moser-Proell holds the all-time record of 62 World Cup wins.

 

Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin wins night slalom in Austria (AP/Giovanni Auletta)

 

 

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