Shiffrin Battles Through Snowstorm For Second-Straight GS Win
Mikaela Shiffrin battled through a snowstorm to win her second-consecutive Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom Wednesday. (Getty-Laurent Salino)
Wet, heavy snow can’t slow you down when you’re having fun and skiing free! Just ask Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who battled through a snowstorm to win her second giant slalom in a row at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Wednesday.
Facing conditions much more suited for powder skis than GS skis, Shiffrrin pulled off another incredible victory Wednesday. “There was so much snow coming down, I could feel my skis in the track speeding up, and then coming out slowing down,” Shiffrin said. “And I was like ‘oh, this isn’t good, it’s gotta be slow!’ So I kept fighting and fighting, and yeah, it was cool.”
World Cup giant slalom leader Tessa Worley of France was second, followed by Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg in third. With the victory, Shiffrin is now 35 points behind Worley in the World Cup GS standings. In the overall World Cup standings, Shiffrin leads with 698 points. Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who was sixth Wednesday, is second with 583 points.
Skiing free and letting go has propelled Shiffrin to the top step of the podium the past two days in giant slalom.
“Before I was really trying to ski just a perfect run,” she said of earlier races in Killington, Vermont and Sestriere, Italy. “In these past few races I’ve thought ‘I have what I have’ and probably some of these other girls are better GS skiers than I am right now. But when I make really good turns, I think that I can win. So I just put what I have out there, don’t try to do anything more special than that, and also have some fun skiing good GS.”
Shiffrin has no time to enjoy the fresh snow and make powder turns though as she takes her overall World Cup lead into Thursday’s evening slalom in Semmering where she’s be gunning for her 26th World Cup victory, including her seventh-straight slalom win – one shy of the record eight-race slalom win streak held by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider and Croatia’s Janica Kostelic.
“I’m not looking at the records,” Shiffrin said. “I’m just happy to have another giant slalom win. Two days ago I was wondering if I would ever win a GS again, and now I have three wins, so that is a really special feeling that I have.“