KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria (Dec. 29, 2014)—With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was second and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished in 23rd.
It was a small tech team competing at Kuehtai in Tirol, with only Shiffrin and Stiegler making the flip. Unlike the previous day’s giant slalom, the course was in great condition with a simple set and the girls could let the skis run. Even though Shiffrin faced stiff competition, she skied confidently and built her lead throughout the second run, winning by .80 of a second.
KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria (Dec. 28, 2014)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) stood on the podium for the first time since her win in Soelden, Austria. Shiffrin won the first run at Sunday's Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom, but battled rough conditions and poor visibility to take third place overall. Sara Hector of Sweden won her first World Cup, and Austria’s Anna Fenninger was second.
After a brief holiday break, the women were back in action in Kuehtai in Tirol, Austria—a venue switch from Semmering due to snow conditions. With a straight-set second run, the course resembled a super G more than a giant slalom, not Shiffrin’s specialty. She held back a little on the run, missing first place by .18.
ARE, Sweden (Dec. 13, 2014) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) had a strong second run in the slalom, but fell two-hundredths short of the podium as Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner brought the home country crowd to its feet with a stunning win over Tina Maze in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Are. Sweden's Frida Hansdotter rounded out the podium.
Sixth after the first run and over a half second back, Shiffrin felt good in the starting gate and pushed out to an aggressive, more characteristic run to take the lead. She hammered the top, held back a little in the mid-section, and let her skis run at the bottom, but the .53 second deficit was too much to match. She finished .34 seconds out of first, overall.
ARE, Sweden (Dec. 12) - Tina Maze continued her quest for the overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup title with her third win in three different disciplines this season, taking the giant slalom in Are. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to tenth in the opening race of the weekend, originally scheduled for snow-starved Courchevel, France. Rising Swedish star Sara Hector skied from 25th into second while first-run-leading Eva-Maria Brem of Austria was third.
Shiffrin skied solid but not as aggressively as she wanted in the first run, going out second and finishing the run in eighth, one spot behind Maze and .78 from the leader Brem in a tightly packed field. In the second run, Shiffrin dropped to tenth while Maze charged up to take the lead and the victory. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) just made the flip at 30th, but went out in the second run. Megan McJames (Park City, UT) missed the top 30.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied a gutsy second run to salvage a remarkable sixth place finish in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. A first-run mistake nearly earned Shiffrin an early exit, but she powered through to stay in contention. Despite being 2.23 seconds out, Shiffrin skied fifth fastest in the second run, winning the bottom. Austria's Eva-Maria Brem won over teammate Kathrin Zettel. Italy's Federica Brignone was third. The women race slalom on Sunday with live coverage of the second run on NBC at 3:00 p.m. EST.
ASPEN, Colo. – Eva-Maria Brem stunned the crowd – and herself – with a virtually flawless first run and then was able to hold on and overcome a second run charge from teammate Kathrin Zettel, the queen of Aspen with the most podiums here of all time, to take her first ever World Cup win.
The women will take over historic Aspen, Colorado for the first time in two years on Thanksgiving weekend for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. They’ll kick off the only Audi FIS World Cup stop in the U.S. with a pair of tech races—giant slalom on Saturday, November 29 and slalom on Sunday, November 30.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be looking for redemption this weekend at the Winternational after a disappointing 11th place finish in Levi, Finland. “I'm really psyched for Aspen because I don't think I skied nearly to my potential in Levi,” Shiffrin told Ski Racing. “I’m going back to the drawing board basically and getting back to racing because I love to race, not because I'm Olympic champion.”
“Mikaela loves being in Aspen and really likes the Aspen GS hill,” confirmed women’s tech coach Roland Pfeifer, when asked about Shiffrin's progress. “She is skiing well.”
Laurenne Ross took the second of two FIS super G races at Colorado’s Copper Mountain yesterday, racing against athletes like Tina Weirather, Viktoria Rebensburg and Ilka Stuhec.
Thrilled about the result, Ross said she was notably more aggressive in the second race. “I took a little bit of a deeper line. I was a little bit more level and technically skiing better and pinning it a little more,” she told Ski Racing.
Mikaela Shriffrin also participated in the races, her first super Gs since Sochi in 2013. Not thrilled with her results—16th and 15th, respectively—she was still upbeat and determined to continue branching into speed this season. “I’m trying to take it all in stride and learn as much as I can,” said Shriffrin.
The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
Maze, who started with bib 13, skied a flawless first run to overtake then-leader Frida Hansdotter and held on after a bobble on the pitch in the second run to take the win.
“I’m really happy I managed to finally finish the first run in first position and end up that way; that was always hard for me, and today I made it,” said Maze. “It’s good to be here to have this time to get ready for slalom. The hill was just super nice, and I gave my best so I’m really happy.”
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 15) - Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was electrifying in her opening turns on the first run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener. But an uncharacteristically conservative approach on the Levi Black steeps got the best of her, as she fell 1.71 seconds back on the first run, finishing 11th. Levi Black is known as one of the toughest slalom slopes on the women's circuit, combining a rather flat top section with a steep pitch, which requires skiers to quickly adapt. Today was Slovenian Tina Maze’s day. She conquered the challenging slope snagging the win and a Lapland reindeer. After a disappointing 2014 season, Maze claimed her fourth career World Cup slalom victory, and her first slalom win in two seasons. Sweden's Frida Hansdotter finished in second, 0.34 seconds back and Austria's Kathrin Zettel rounded out the podium, 0.52 seconds out.