Mikaela Shiffrin Crushes Slalom Field In Slovakia
Mikaela Shiffrin absolutely crushed the competition Sunday, winning her 18th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Jasna, Slovakia. Shiffrin’s winning time was 2.36 second ahead of Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in second. Home crowd favorite Veronika Velez Zuzulova was third.
UPDATE: A day after winning the slalom by over two seconds, Shiffrin took 14th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.
Since her comeback from a left knee injury sustained in December, Shiffrin has won back-to-back slaloms. In Sunday’s first run, she won by 1.67 seconds, despite claiming that her timing was still a bit off due to her eight-week absence from competition.
“I just like to try to improve on what I did in the first run for the second run,” she said. “So if I win the first run, I want to win again in the second run. So today, just building on my lead was pretty great.”
Shiffrin has won four World Cup slalom events this season. Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who finished 10th Sunday – her lowest slalom result in more than two years – won the overall World Cup slalom title with just one race remaining at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland in two weeks.
“Frida has been just as consistent as I have been, or even more consistent in the past three, four years,” Shiffrin said of the Swedish racer who won the World Cup slalom in Lienze, and has been on the podium six times this season. “She has walked away with however many second places, but you have to be really consistent just to get on the podium. But she deserves to win the globe.”
Both runs I just I tried to pretend a bear was chasing me - just go faster. It worked really well. It was a rough course but the course workers did a great job in keeping it to together.
The women will try again for a Giant Slalom Monday. The scheduled race was postponed by high winds Saturday.
Photo: USA's Mikaela Shiffrin crushes competition at FIS World Cup in Jasna, Slovakia (JOE KLAMMER/AFP/Getty Images vis U.S. Ski Team)