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Shiffrin Back On Podium At Austrian Giant Slalom Saturday

Lienz, AustriaWorld Champion slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. was back on the podium in Lienz, Austria Saturday, showing once again she is a threat in the Giant Slalom as well. She finished third. It was her second GS podium appearance.

Shiffrin was .01 of a second behind Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden, the discipline leader who finished second, but had a .35 second deficit after the first run. Austria’s Anna Fenninger delighted Austrian fans with her second consecutive GS win at Lienz.

Shiffrin’s first GS podium at Beaver Creek, Colo. last month. The only other American finisher at Lienz was Julia Mancuso in 29th spot. Ironically, perhaps, Shiffrin scored her first slalom podium appearance at the Austrian resort.

“I’m normally pretty comfortable within half a second on the first run,” Shiffrin said. “It’s always better to come down and feel like you separated yourself from everybody, nut I’m not quite there in GS. As long as I am in this position where I can really attack I’m psyched with that.”

A slalom is set for Sunday and 18-year-old Shiffrin is anxious to grab another win in her best discipline. She said she “doesn’t want to leave anything on the hill anymore.”

A men’s downhill is set for Sunday at Bormio, Italy. Bode Miller finished second in Saturday’s training run leading up to it.

Photo: Leinz, Austria (Skiworldcup-Lienz.au)
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