USA's Shiffrin Ties Austrian For First GS world Cup Win; Ligety's Mistake Costs Him
Olympic slalom champion Michaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail) won her first-ever giant slalom Saturday at Soelden, Austria. She had a very narrow .09 second margin over Austrian Anna Fenniger, then came from behind. She literally scorched the bottom flats of the course in her second run to tie Fenninger
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley) shook off a 47th starting slot to finish dramatically in 17th.
“It’s very helpful to know I can win the GS,” Shiffren who has 10 slalom World Cups. “I’ve thought it for so long and believed in myself, but today ws the first day where between runs, I was like, ‘yeah, I really can do this and get to that top step. I really believed.’”
Ted Ligety was just 0.19 seconds after the first run of the mens’ GS Sunday when he lost his chance to be successful in Sölden for the fourth year in a row. He made a mistake just before the flat and final section of the course that cost him a lot of time, to finally tenth, 3.02 seconds adrift. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher took the race in what have been described as “dream conditions” on the Rettenback Glacier in Soelden.
It’s more training time now. The women race again with a slalom on tap in Levi, Finland Nov. 15 and then to Aspen, Colo. Nov. 29-30 for a GS and slalom. The men have it again, also at Levi Nov. 15.
Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin picks up first World Cup GS.