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)
BOKWANG PHOENIX PARK, South Korea (Feb. 19, 2017) – Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) celebrated her second-consecutive World Cup triumph with a win at the official test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) also hit his second podium of the year, with a second-place finish at the final World Cup halfpipe event of the year. Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA), who won the first two World Cup events of the season, claimed the crystal globe award as the overall FIS tour winner.
Clark, who is a four-time Olympian and three-time medalist (one gold, two bronze), won the official Olympic test event for the fourth consecutive time after also earning the top spot at Bardonecchia, Italy in 2005, Cypress Mountain, Canada in 2009 and Sochi, Russia in 2013. Clark edged Chinese riders Jiayu Liu and Xuetong Cai who finished second and third respectively.
OTEPAA, Estonia (Feb. 19, 2017) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the USA in 19th at the final World Cup event before next week’s 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.
Norway’s Marit Bjoergen continued her torrid pace winning again over Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in Sunday’s 10k classic. Two other American women made it into the points along with Bjornsen, including Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) finishing 24th and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) 29th.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) opted to sit out the race to rest for World Championships.
Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the men’s 15k classic, besting second place finisher Iivo Niskanen of Finland by 37.1 seconds. Norway’s Hans Christer Holund was third. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) was the top U.S. finisher in 36th.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 19, 2017) – David Chodounsky was the leading American skier in the final day of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, finishing 12th in the slalom. But it was the Austrians' day, who went 1-2 with Marcel Hirscher taking an easy win.
It was another beautiful, sunny day at St. Moritz with the track holding up nicely, despite warmer temperatures. While the first course was a classic rhythmic slalom, the second run was the opposite—full of rhythm changes and tough combinations. But Hirscher made it look simple, finishing .68 seconds ahead of his teammate Manny Feller. Felix Neureuther of Germany, who sat in 10th after a tough first run, put the hammer down in the second run to step onto the podium in third.
SENBOKU CITY, Japan (Feb. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Ski Team moguls squad made the final day of competition at Tazawako Ski Resort a memorable one with two athletes on the dual moguls podium. Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY) skied to her first-career World Cup win, with teammate Olivia Giaccio (Redding, CT) joining her on the podium with a third place finish, also a career-first.
Both Kauf and Giaccio, who came to the U.S. Ski Team through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, have performed well in duals this season. Kauf, who recently had a third place finish in duals at Deer Valley Resort, overcame the adversity of Saturday's moguls competition where she didn’t make finals. She powered through some tough duals, including ones against some of the top Canadian skiers, to make it to the big final. Kauf beat Kazakhstan's Yulia Galysheva 19 to 16 to take the win.