Mikaela Shiffrin charges to a a top 10 World Cup finish at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. (Paul Bussi)
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 27) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was calm, cool and collected as the notched a top-10 finish in only her second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Sunday's Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. Shiffrin, who has yet to get her drivers' licence, turned a bib 37 start into a stunning eighth place finish and immediately began thanking young fans in the crowd for coming to see her and the U.S. Ski Team race in Aspen. The result, an extreme surprise for Shiffrin, extends her string of great performances after she became the youngest U.S. Champion in history when she captured the slalom title last March in Winter Park. Austrian Marlies Schild, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won for the second time in Aspen as Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) opted not to start in favor of resting a sore back.
Mikaela Shiffrin, 16, finished eighth in only the second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom start of her career
Lindsey Vonn, suffering from a sore back, did not start. She is anticipating starting in the Lake Louise speed events.
Shiffrin was the only American to make the second run
Shiffrin, immediately began thanking fans for coming to support her and the U.S. Ski Team in Aspen
Austrian Marlies Schild, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won the race
The women's tour now moves to Lake Louise, ALB for two downhill races and a super G
QUOTES Mikaela Shiffrin "All I can say is this is unreal. I'll for sure be excited for the next five months, but it's also probably going to take five years to even realize that I'm racing World Cup."
"I've been watching all these athletes studiously to try and figure out how I can get to their level. I know that will never change."
"This is a great accomplishment, but I still have a long ways to go. I'll try to keep things grounded and keep moving forward."
"I always feel like I can handle more speed and then I wonder why I didn't, but that's how ski racing is. As long as I have that feeling that I can handle more speed and go a little bit faster, then I know that I'm in a good place."
"I always want to win, but it's going to take a long time for that. If I had any expectations for today, then this far exceeded them."