CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 23, 2017) – With the St. Moritz World Championships in the books, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.
All eyes will be on the young Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who is fresh off a pair of World Championships medals – including a commanding 1.64-second win to grab the hat-trick slalom title. But that’s not even the biggest reason all eyes are on her.
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates winning the women's slalom race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
Shiffrin Dominates to Third Consecutive Slalom Title
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 18, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) became the first female skier in 78 years to win three consecutive World Championship slalom titles at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Saturday.
In explosive fashion under a bright blue sky and skiing on a rock-hard course, Shiffrin matched Germany’s Christl Cranz (1937, 1938, 1939) as the only ski racers to win three slalom titles in a row.
Mikaela Shiffrin won Saturday’s FIS Alpine Ski World Championships slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 16, 2017) – With the fastest second run of the day, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday, finishing second on a sun-soaked course at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Tessa Worley of France took the victory, her second World Championship giant slalom title, as Italy’s Sofia Goggia finished third, her first World Championship medal as well. Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was the only other American to qualify for the second run, finishing 21st.
Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her first giant slalom medal at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 6, 2017) – The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz begins on Tuesday and every event will be streamed live for American fans on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app. Plus, NBCSN is presenting over 12 hours of live coverage throughout the week, while NBC will air weekend coverage.
The extensive coverage across NBC Sports Group is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and NBC. The USSA acquired the domestic broadcast rights to ensure development of the strongest possible live streaming and broadcast exposure for alpine ski racing across America, akin to what it did with the Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships two years ago.
STOCKHOLM (Jan. 31, 2017) – There are times when a slight mistake pays dividends in ski racing. And for Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), her first run mistake was the key to victory in Tuesday night’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup city event.
In the first race of the evening, in front of thousands of energized Swedish fans, Shiffrin and Adeline Baud Mugnier of France were locked in a tight battle until Shiffrin went wide with seven gates to go. However, Baud Mugnier, sensing an upset over the No. 1 seed, pushed too hard and fell into Shiffrin’s lane.
“Starting first, I had really no idea how the course was going to run, and I just tried to go for it,” said Shiffrin. “There was a bit of bumpiness at the bottom of the course, and I just didn’t stand on my outside ski, but Adeline kind of hit the bumps and shot into my course. Actually it was quite lucky for me that I made that mistake and slowed down, because if I hadn’t she might have hit me.”
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Jan. 30, 2017) – Spirits are high and the athletes are feeling the energy of a special place called Hammarbybacken, home to this year’s only City Event on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup schedule.
It’s not often athletes escape to the city life for an event like this, and Stockholm seems the perfect home for it. Tickets are sold out and the crowd will be rowdy Tuesday night for the event, in which Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a clear favorite. Shiffrin has never won a City Event, but did podium with a third-place finish in Moscow in 2013. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) will also compete in Tuesday’s event. No American men qualified for the event.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 29, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) showed off her speed skills, coming from bib 31 to steal fourth place in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Cortina—her best ever finish in a speed event.
It was a bright and sunny day in Cortina with 60 women racing the super G course set by U.S. Ski Team coach Chris Knight. Lara Gut of Switzerland came into the race heavily favored, trying to take the overall lead from Shiffrin, but a crash at a tough blind gate caused her to DNF. The race was assumed over after the first 30, but Shiffrin, running 31st, put down a crazy fast run, even leading a few of the splits, to finish just off the podium in fourth. Staring at the board after skiing through the lights, she let out a yell, surprising even herself by the fast result.
KRONPLATZ, Italy (Jan. 24, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) rebounded from a disappointing first run to lay down a solid second run to finish fifth in Tuesday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
In front of the home-country crowd, Italy went 1-3 with Federica Brignone taking the victory and Marta Bassino in third. Tessa Worley of France was second. Brignone’s victory was only her second career World Cup giant slalom win, and her third career World Cup victory.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied a solid second run to finish fifth in Tuesday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom. (Getty Images/AFP-Tiziana Fabi)
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 10, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) rebounded from a disappointing first run to land on the podium in a tie for third Tuesday night under the lights at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won her first slalom of the season by 0.58 over Norway’s Nina Loeseth in second, while Shiffrin and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener tied for third, 0.78 back.
Mikaela Shiffrin scored another podium result in Tuesday night's slalom in Flachau, Austria. (Getty Images/AFP-Johann Groder)
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.
Mikaela Shiffrin scored her 24th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory in Maribor Sunday. (Getty Images/AFP-Jure Makovec)