Makaela Shiffrin, the U.S. Ski Team’s 17-year-old rising star, once again picked up a Top 10 finish, this time in the Nature Valley Winternationals World Cup slalom at Aspen, finishing seventh.
Austria’s Kathrin Zettel held off her training partner Marlies Schild to win the event. Zettel’s combined time of 1 minute, 42.46 seconds edged out Schild by 0.67 seconds. Tina Maze of Slovenia, who had won the giant slalom Saturday, was third.
American Lindsey Vonn skipped the slalom, saying she was “conserving her energy” after two exhausting GS runs the day before. Vonn is recovering from an intestinal illness.
Shiffrin’s finish was her seventh Top 10 ending in her rising career and put her in fifth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall and slalom standings. She was third at the last slalom event in Levi, Finland.
"I'm just trying to establish myself as a competitive racer with all these other guys," she told the Associated Press after hearing she is being referred to as skiing’s next prodigy. "I don't know what I am. I just know I love to race, love to ski and love to go fast. I guess let people think what they want, but it's very flattering."
Meanwhile, at Lake Louise, Canada, where the women will compete next weekend, the men were hard at work. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who won Saturday’s Audi World Cup downhill, took Sunday’s Super G in a time of one minute 34.96. Adrien Theaux of France was second; Juachim Puchner, third. America’s Ted Ligety just barely missed the podium, finishing fourth.
Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin, Aspen Slalom (AP/Nathan Bilow, usskiteam.com)