Shiffrin Wraps Up Slalom Title; Ligety Wins 6th Straight GS At Kranjska Gora
IIt was a nice way to head into next week’s World Cup Finals. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) wrapped up her second consecutive slalom title at Are, Sweden before it even begins. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) won an historic sixth straight Giant Slalom at the same Kranjska Gora, Solvenia venue.
Shiffrin, who turns 19 next week, held off three hometown Swedish favorites to become the youngest woman ever to reach eight World Cup slalom wins. She defeated Swedes Maria Pietilae-Holmer, Anne Swenn-Larsson and Frida Hansdotter.
“I’m just really comfortable on slalom skis,” Shiffrin said. “It feels so easy to me when I’m loose and let my skis go and it just seems like they find the finish for me and I don’t have to work so hard.”
Meanwhile, in Slovenia, Ligety’s win brought him within 50 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the GS lead. That title will be decided March 15 at the World Cup Finals in Leinzerheide, Austria. The lead and the home hill may give the advantage to Hirscher, but as Ligety said, “I’m not so far off.”
“This is definitely a really cool hill,” Legety said about Kranjska Gora. “It has so much personality and is such a fun hill to ski. It has the steep parts. It has some rolls. It has a little bit of a gliding section. So it’s a true GS skier’s hill.
Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin graces Wheaties box after Olympic slalom gold (Mikaela Shiffrin/Facebook)