FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 15) - Seventeen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) spent the day doing high school homework, then she won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup night slalom in Flachau for a historic third win of her incredibly young career. The stunning victory drew immediate comparisons to Austrian great Annmarie Moser-Proell, who won her third World Cup race at exactly the same age - to the day. Moser-Proell would go on to win a women's World Cup record 62 races over the course of her 11 year career. Shiffrin, who was voted World Cup Rookie of the Year last season by her peers, poured on speed throughout her final run to extend her lead in the discipline to 81 points as first run leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany went out and World Cup overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished fifth.
Mikaela Shiffrin thrilled an overflowing crowd in Zagreb and millions watching across the world on television with a stunning 1.19 second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom victory to take the prestigious Snow Queen Trophy.
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 4) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) thrilled an overflowing crowd in Zagreb and millions watching across the world on television with a stunning 1.19 second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom victory to take the prestigous Snow Queen Trophy and regain the World Cup slalom title lead. At just 17-years-old, the wire-to-wire win rewrote history as Shiffrin became the first American to win two World Cup races in a single season before the age of 18. She also became the youngest woman to win two World Cup slalom races in a single season since 1977. Teammate Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) was ninth to return to the World Cup top 10 for the first time since suffering an ACL injury at the 2012 World Cup Finals.
MUNICH, Germany (Jan. 1) - Hometown hero Felix Neureuther and Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia put on a New Years Day show for 25,000 fans with victory in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup City Event. It was the first win of the season for Neureuther and the second in four days for Velez Zuzulova, who claimed the first victory of her 12 year World Cup career Dec. 29 in Semmering. Slovenian overall leader Tina Maze was second and held on to her lead in the slalom points. Marcel Hirscher of Austria gained ground on overall leader Aksel Lund Svindal and increased his lead in the slalom standings with second. Americans Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) exited in the quarter final and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was bumped in the opening round by Neureuther.
MUNICH, Germany (Dec. 31) - Head-to-head alpine racing, featuring Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), hits the big city on New Years Day as the Munich Olympic Park hosts the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup City Event of the season. The night time spectacle is set up as a parallel slalom with the top 12 slalom racers, plus the top four athletes in the overall standings dueling side-by-side in seeded bracket style knockout rounds. Mancuso won the last parallel event held in Moscow last February and Shiffrin is currently among the top slalom racers in the world. Both World Cup slalom and overall points will be awarded in addition to the winners pocketing 40,000 Euro.
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 29) - Teen Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), fourth after the opening run, was charging for back-to-back Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom wins, when she got stuck leaning back, hooked an edge, hiked and eventually straddled in the night final. The door was then wide open for veteran Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia to snag the first victory of her 12 year World Cup career. Austrian Kathrin Zettel produced a blazing final run to finish second ahead of overall and now slalom leader Tina Maze of Slovenia. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished in the points for the second straight race with 26th.
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 28) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) battled a rugged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Semmering to finish a career best eighth in giant slalom and leap into 10th in the overall World Cup standings. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished 25th as wind and fog made the already bumpy course exponentially more challenging. Austrian Anna Fenninger posted the wire-to-wire win with a massive 1.1 second margin over Slovenian overall leader Tina Maze. A slalom is slated for Saturday, a year to the day after Shiffrin's first World Cup podium. Shiffrin claimed her first World Cup win with slalom victory a week ago in Are, Sweden and currently leads the World Cup slalom standings.