Fickle New England weather brought fog and drizzle to the slopes of Killington Resort Sunday, but hometown favorite Mikaela Shffrin shined through with two winning runs to take top honors at the FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
The raucous Killington crowd, famous with the racers for cheering every athlete down the mountain, was loud enough to be heard at the top of the Superstar race trail when Shiffrin started her second run, the last competitor of the day.
"I could hear them from the start; it was deafening," she said. "The crowd really carried me down the hill."
5,500 fans showed up for Friday's Killington Cup opening festivities, followed by 18,500 for the giant slalom races Saturday and 15,000 for Sunday's slalom, for a combined attendance of just under 40,000, topping last year's record attendance of 34,000.
Shiffrin’s slalom win is her third in as many years at Killington, her 34th slalom win and 45th World Cup victory.
Killington fans also cheered for Americans Nina O’Brien, who scored her first FIS points in the slalom, coming in 24th, and Paula Moltzan who took the 17th spot.
Killington has finished its three-year run contracted for the World Cup, but the resort hopes to make this Eastern resort destination a regular stop on the World Cup circuit. “It’s looking pretty good for next year. It’s pretty amazing to have done what we’ve done for the last three years, so we’re excited to make it a more perennial event,” said Killington president and general manager Mike Solimano.