U.S. Racer Michaela Shifrin On Podium In Arctic Circle World Cup
She doesn’t yet have a driver’s license or her high school diploma from Vermont's Burke Academy, but top American prospect Michaela Shiftrin finished the slalom third in the second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Levi, Finland Saturday.
The race was won by Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch with Finn local Tanja Poutianen revving up the crowd with a second place finish.
It was the 12th start in 17-year-old Shifrin's career. Her other podium appearance was after a third place finish in 2011 at Lienz, Austria. She held on to third in both runs of the slalom.
Shifrin remained at the U.S. Ski Team’s European base in Soelden, Austria after the late October World Cup opener to prepare for Levi. She was voted Rookie of the Year by her peers at the close of last season.
“I felt confident because I had a plan to just ski like I do in training and I knew I could do that,” Shifrin said. “I wasn’t worried about what place I would come in. I was definitely nervous but I knew I could execute my plan.” She said she “cannot wait to get home to Colorado." She is based in Vail/Eagle.
Next up: Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, Nov. 24-25 in Aspen.
Photo: Michaela Shifrin at Levi, Finland (U.S. Ski Team)