At a certain point, the manner in which the best in any field evaluate themselves can’t be against other practitioners of that same pursuit. LeBron isn’t measured against his contemporaries; he’s measured against Jordan. Tiger in his prime was chasing not just Nicklaus but the limits of golf itself.
Skiing her best is the most important thing to Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.), but numbers, not so much. Saturday’s slalom victory may not have been her best skiing, but it resulted in a huge win - FIS Ski World Cup victory number 50 in Courchevel, France.
Shiffrin Adds Combined Silver
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) added another Olympic medal to her collection, taking silver in the alpine combined Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) racing in her final Olympic event, won the first run downhill, but straddled a gate in the slalom and did not finish.
With the announced move of the Olympic alpine combined event from Friday to Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will not start in Wednesday’s Olympic downhill in order to focus on the combined.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.), the defending slalom gold medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games, just missed the podium, finishing fourth, in Friday’s slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.
It took a few days, but the wait was very worthwhile as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) won the giant slalom gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Thursday.
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.
Mikaela Shiffrin (center), Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland on the podium at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom in Killington, Vermont.(Agence Zoom/Getty Images-Alexis Boichard)
In front of a huge hometown crowd and her entire family, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) shone under pressure to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom at Vermont’s Killington Mountain. Shiffrin’s win capped off a successful weekend in the east coast that will impact ski racing for decades to come.
Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on November 12, 2016 in Levi, Finland (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images via U.S. Ski Team)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) overcame Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener nerves, skiing two clean and solid runs en route to her first World Cup victory of the 2017 season in Levi, Finland Saturday.
In the final day of action at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans at Sun Valley, Idaho, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) brought their "A" game to the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom at Sun Valley, Idaho, proving to the rest of the field that it’s hard to beat two of the best slalom skiers in the world.
The World Cup season wrapped up Sunday with another sunny and warm spring day in the Swiss Alps at the World Cup Finals with men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) just missed the top 20, while Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) showed promise in GS despite skiing out in the first run.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) provided another dominating slalom victory – her fifth win of the season – Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Mikaela Shiffrin absolutely crushed the competition Sunday, winning her 18th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Jasna, Slovakia. Shiffrin’s winning time was 2.36 second ahead of Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in second. Home crowd favorite Veronika Velez Zuzulova was third.
UPDATE: A day after winning the slalom by over two seconds, Shiffrin took 14th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.
Olympic and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. returned from injury to once again dominate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Monday, taking her 18th World Cup victory Monday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Heavy snows had cancelled races Saturday and Sunday.
Olympic and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin from Vail, Colo. has alerted the ski racing universe via social media that she plans a return to the snow Feb. 15 for a World Cup slalom in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Shiffrin injured her right knee while warming for a Dec15 giant slalom in Are, Sweden.
Norway’s Aksel Svindal won the classic Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen, Switzerland Saturday with Hannes Richest of Austria second in 1:48.98 and fellow countryman Klaus Kroell third in 1:58.31. The crowd expected at the race was nearly 30,000.
Resi Stiegler led the USA finishing 18th in the women's slalom in Are as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter took over the slalom lead from Mikaela Shiffrin, who remained out for observation after injuring a knee Saturday while training on the race hill.
Lindsey Vonn won her first giant slalom Saturday at Are, Sweden since her near career-ending 2013 World Championships crash.
Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight slalom race of the season Sunday at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternationals World Cup, leaving the rest of the ladies’ ski world wondering if her uncharacteristic edge catch mistake in Friday’s Giant Slalom might be it for the winter. Shiffrin won Sunday by a margin of 2.65 seconds.