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Shiffrin takes another slalom win, builds overall lead to more than 300 points

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January 8, 2017, 8:09 am
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Mikaela Shiffrin scored her 24th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory in Maribor Sunday. (Getty Images/AFP-Jure Makovec)

Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her personal record seventh victory of the season on Sunday, powering her way to a World Cup slalom win in Maribor, Slovenia one day after finishing fourth in a giant slalom there.

Her fifth slalom win of the season gave Shiffrin a 305-point lead in the overall World Cup chase over Switzerland’s Lara Gut.

The victory was 27th of Shiffrin’s career, tying her with retired racer Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany for 11th on the all-time career victory list.

Here’s the press release from the U.S. Ski Team on Shiffrin’s slalom win Sunday:

MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 8, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to her 24th career slalom victory Sunday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, and extended her overall World Cup lead to more than 300 points.

Shiffrin, who took a 0.17 first run lead over Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, powered through the second run to win her 27th career World Cup race. Holdener finished second as Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was third.

Shiffrin, like a number of skiers before her in the second run, battled not only a tough, grippy course, but also numerous broken gates. Midway down the course, she broke a gate that got caught up between her legs. But without missing a beat, she powered through the obstacle, carrying her speed through to victory.

“I saw a lot of gates were breaking when I was watching the other girls and I thought that probably it would happen for me as well, and it did,” Shiffrin said. “But with everyone else, it seemed the (broken) gate went out of the way. But for me, it kept getting stuck on my skis and boots. It was a bit distracting, but I don’t think it cost me too much.”

With the win, Shiffrin has a 305-point lead over Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who did not qualify for the second run Sunday.

“As a kid, I dreamed about being the best in the world at all the different events, so this is another step in the right direction to be performing well in two events at least,” said Shiffrin, who also leads the overall World Cup slalom standings with 500 points. “In my career, one of the goals I want to accomplish is the (World Cup) overall. I don’t know if it will happen this year, but eventually that will be a big goal for me.”

Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) continued her solid World Cup slalom season, finishing 20th.  Megan McJames (Park City, UT) and Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV) did not qualify for the second run.

Up next, the ladies compete in a night slalom Tuesday in Flachau.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mikaela Shiffrin won her 24th career World Cup slalom Sunday and her 27th career World Cup.
  • Resi Stiegler finished 20th.
  • Road to Aspen: Shiffrin holds a 305-point lead in the overall World Cup standings over Lara Gut of Switzerland. Shiffrin also leads the overall World Cup slalom standings with 500 points after winning five of six events this season.
  • Next, the tech women head to Flachau, Austria for a night slalom.

QUOTES
Mikaela Shiffrin
As a kid, I dreamed about being the best in the world at all the different events, so this is another step in the right direction to be performing well in two at least.

I saw a lot of gates were breaking when I was watching the other girls and I thought that probably it would happen for me as well, and it did. But with ever body else, it seemed the (broken) gate went out of the way. But for me, it kept getting stuck on my skis and boots. It was a bit distracting, but I don’t think it cost me too much. I was focused and continued to finish the course.

In my career, one of the goals I want to accomplish is the (World Cup) overall. I don’t know if it will happen this year, but eventually that will be a big goal for me.

Here’s the press release from the U.S. Ski Team on Shiffrin’s fourth place in the GS on Saturday:

MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 7, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) charged to her 12th career top-five giant slalom result, finishing fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Tessa Worley of France won ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia in second and Swiss Lara Gut in third.

Shiffrin took a slim 0.07 first run lead over Goggia on a straight course set. On the second run, she charged the middle section of the course – grabbing a 0.13-second lead at the second split – but wasn’t able to carry her speed through to the finish.

“It was a super fast course and I didn’t quite match the speed that I was carrying,” Shiffrin said. “I’m still learning, so all in all, it’s not a terrible day.”

Shiffrin continues to lead the overall World Cup standings with 848 points. Gut is second with 643 points, followed by Worley in third with 563 points. With her 11th World Cup giant slalom victory Saturday, including her third this season, Worley increased her overall World Cup giant slalom lead to 85 points over Shiffrin.

Resi Stiegler (Jackson WY) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT) did not qualify for the second run Saturday.

Up next, the ladies compete in slalom Sunday in Maribor. Watch it live on NBCSN, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.

“The surface is awesome and I’m excited to ski some slalom,” said Shiffrin, who leads the overall World Cup slalom standings by just 10 points over Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
  • Tessa Worley of France won her 11th World Cup giant slalom race Saturday.
  • Road to Aspen: Switzerland’s Lara Gut finished third Saturday to slightly close in on Mikaela Shiffrin’s overall World Cup lead, which is now 205 points ahead of Gut. Worley leads the overall giant slalom standings by 85 points over Shiffrin.

QUOTES
Mikaela Shiffrin
It was a super fast course and I didn’t quite match the speed that I was carrying. I’m still learning, so all in all, it’s not a terrible day.

The surface is awesome and I’m excited to ski some slalom.

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