Shriffrin On Podium At Last World Cup Slalom Before World Championships
The World Cup alpine women raced under the lights in Flachau, Austria for the last Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom before the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek next month. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) had a speedy second run, skiing from eighth place to grab third place overall. Frida Hansdotter from Sweden took the win and Slovenian Tina Maze finished second.
The crowd was huge, with 10,000 screaming fans cheering on the women. The course crew injected the hill on Thursday, but with rain and 1.5 feet of snow falling on top of it over the weekend, the grippy track grooved up quickly.
It was a tough race for many, with seven DNFs second run. Shiffrin over-skied the first run, and finished eighth—only .68 seconds behind Hansdotter—but was determined to hammer it on the second run. She followed up on her resolve, putting the pedal down to finish third on the second run, and third overall.
"I wish I had charged a little more in the first run, but I’m happy with the second run. I picked it up a notch," said Shiffrin. "Frida hammered the whole time. She even had a couple mistakes and made speed out of them. She deserved to win and I’m happy to be on the podium."
The speed women race next on Friday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Cortina, Italy—a rescheduled downhill from Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria,
"I’m really excited to go home and compete at World Champs. Normally the Americans don’t get to go home during the season. I’m feeling really good on my slalom skis right now and my GS skis, too. I think I have a shot at two medals. But as we saw today, sometimes I win and sometimes I don’t. It all boils down to how I ski on race day."
Photo: World Cup night slalom in Flachau, Austria draws huge crowd (Flachau/Facebook)