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Off Day In France For USA’s Shiffrin; Austria’s Schild Wins 34th World Cup

Schild, Hansdotter, B. Schild The slower than expected start for the U.S. women as they move ever-closer to February’s date with the Winter Olympics continued Tuesday in Courcheval, France. Mikaela Shiffrin skied to an uncharacteristic 15th spot in her specialty slalom.

Marlies Schild, a 32-year veteran much admired by 18-year-old Shiffrin, gave the U.S. team even more to admire. It was Schild’s 34th slalom victory in her long career, tying her with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider for the most World Cup slalom wins ever. She also became the oldest woman to win a WC slalom.

Swede Frida Hansdotter was second, followed by Schild’s younger sister, Bernadette, in third. American Resi Stiegler finished 21st and picked up her first World Cup points this season. Shiffrin did maintain her lead in the overall slalom chase.

“Not my best day,” said Shiffrin. "I didn’t have a great feeling. I was just a bit nervous. Sometimes I don’t get that great feeling I want in the morning. I thought I had that today but it didn’t go that way.”

Women’s Technical Head Coach Roland Pfeifer said, “Mikaela wasn’t able to get the battery charged and that happens. She really had a bad day today and that’s the last time that’s going to happen.”

The women’s tour heads to nearby Val d’Isere for downhill and giant slalom. America’s Lindsey Vonn has been training in Val d’Isere and is expected to start the downhill.

Photo: Atop the podium at Courcheval is Marlies Schild (Courcheval Presse)
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