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.”
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 6, 2017) – Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Europe, and he’s been bringing snow, wind and cold temperatures across Europe. And so, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tech train rolls from the Zagreb station onward to Maribor for the women and Adelboden, Switzerland for the men.
The women will race a giant slalom and slalom this weekend in Maribor, then the iconic night slalom on Tuesday in Flachau, while the men now travel to Adelboden for one of the tour's classic GS/SL weekends. Fans can catch all of the action live on NBCSN on both Saturday and Sunday, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) has won the last two World Cup giant slalom races, both held in Semmering, Austria. Prior to that, her last GS win was in October 2014 at Soelden, Austria. She’s been on a tech roll, winning four of the last five tech events (two slalom races, two giant slalom races), and she’ll look to carry that fire into the weekend.
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 2, 2017) – The stage is set for the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy” race in Zagreb, Croatia. The trophy itself, won by Mikaela Shiffrin each of the last two years the race was held (2013 and 2015), glistens in the hotel lobby under a blue light. It’s up for grabs, and both the men and the women will be fighting for it under the lights in this Zagreb slalom series.
Fans will be able to witness Shifrrin’s attempt to make history LIVE on NBCSN tomorrow, with coverage of the second run starting at 10:00 a.m. EST.
All eyes will be on Shiffrin, who can tie the World Cup women’s record of eight successive slalom victories, held by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (1988-89) and Croatia’s own Janica Kostlic (2000-01), who will be in attendance tomorrow. Of course, Shiffrin isn’t big on the records, but this girl is on fire…in fact, she’s won the last 12 World Cup slalom races in which she has started, including 14 of the last 15.
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 29, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) put together a brilliant, come-from-behind second run to sweep the tech series at Semmering and take her seventh-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory.
Mikaela Shiffrin skis to her third win in three days. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Laurent Salino)
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 28, 2016) – Wet, heavy snow can’t slow you down when you’re having fun. 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 in Semmering.
“There was so much snow coming down, I could feel my skis in the track speeding up, and then coming out slowing down,” Shiffrin said. “And I was like ‘oh, this isn’t good, it’s gotta be slow!’ So I kept fighting and fighting.”
Mikaela Shiffrin won her second-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, Tuesday. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Laurent Salino)
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 27, 2016) – Maybe it wasn’t perfect, but it was fast and capped off with a double fist pump and celebratory “Yeah!”
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her second career Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race Tuesday in Semmering, a make up event from last week’s race that was canceled due to wind in Courchevel, France.
“Today I felt really good just going for it,” Shiffrin said when asked about her reaction coming across the finish line and realizing she had won. “I wasn’t trying to ski perfect; I was just trying to ski fast. I believed in myself for the first time in a GS race, and that was very emotional.
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 26, 2016) – The holiday flew by on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit. With the rescheduled giant slalom race from Courchevel for the women and super G from Lake Louise for the men, there wasn’t much time for celebration and relaxation. Even so, the athletes made the most of their time, celebrating with teammates and family before moving on to Semmering and Santa Caterina, Italy.
On the women’s side, the tour returns to the iconic Semmering giant slalom/slalom venue outside Vienna for three races, including an important night slalom for Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) on Thursday. Shiffrin will look to build on her win streak, which is at six successive wins following her victory in Sestriere.
COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 20, 2016) – Strong and gusty winds forced officials to cancel the Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s giant slalom Tuesday. A rescheduled date and location have not been announced by the FIS.
The race started on schedule at 10:30 a.m. local time and the first 19 racers completed the first run as winds picked up. Italy’s Sofia Goggia was in the lead before officials held Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon in the start with bib 20 due to conditions. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was sitting in 10th position. Following a lengthy course hold, officials announced the race would be re-started from a lower position starting with bib 1 at 12:15 p.m. local time.
After postponing the rescheduled start to 12:30 p.m. local time, officials ultimately decided to cancel the race due to unfavorable weather conditions.
The Giovanni Agnelli race course in Sestriere, Italy is steeped in history. Named for the founder of Fiat and developer of the resort in the 1930s, this was the piste that sent 21-year-olds Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety on to Olympic gold in 2006.
It was here that the legendary Janica Kostelic of Croatia won three slaloms and is the site of one Kristina Koznick’s six wins.
But the Audi FIS Ski World Cup hadn’t visited Sestriere’s fabled slalom pitch in 13 seasons. Mikaela Shiffrin was just nine then.
Standing in the starting gate, history was not on Mikaela Shiffrin’s mind. Coming off a pressure-filled weekend at Killington, Vermont, and topped off with the stress of her first downhill events in Lake Louise, the travel to Sestriere had taken its toll.
SESTRIERE, Italy (Dec. 11, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) crushed the second run to take her sixth-straight slalom win at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Sestriere by over a second.
After winning the first run by only .12, Shiffrin stated that she was feeling stiff and was a little bummed with her skiing. So she took that frustration and channeled it into her second run, building almost a full second onto her first run time to take the win by 1.09 seconds over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished third.
Shiffrin slayssecond run to take the win. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)