America’s Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second World Cup Slalom In Row Heading To Sochi
Nightime, daytime, anytime. That seems to be the modus operendi of American teen sensation and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin as she won her second World Cup slalom in a row, this time under the lights at Flachau, Austria Tuesday.
Shiffrin owned the Griessenkar course in a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 45.83, beating two Swedes, Frida Hansdotter and Maria Pietilae-Holmer. Austrian Marlies Schild, the home favorite at the Austrian resort, owns the record for most World Cup slalom wins and has been hard-challenging Shiffrin all winter. However, Schild fell in her second run and finished 26th, silencing the crowd of some 20,000.
Shiffrin, who had a comfortable lead after the first round, is guaranteed to be leading the World Cup slalom standings at Sochi, regardless of what happens at the final pre-Olympics World Cup slalom at Moribor, Slovenia Feb. 2.
''I let it go and it was incredible.'' Shiffrin told the Associated Press. ''It's a really great feeling. At every gate, I was just letting my skis go a little bit more and then you can get over a second."
Most certainly, the Olympic women’s slalom Feb. 21 at Rosa Khutor is shaping up to be a major highlight of the Sochi Games.
Meanwhile, on the home front, Shiffrin and Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning have been named the state’s co-athletes of the year. The pair will be honored at the Colorado Hall of Fame banquet in Denver April 17.
Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin earlier in her career (USST/Mitchell Gunn)