Mikaela Shiffrin posted an impressive second run to move up to a career best eighth in the Semmering giant slalom (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
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.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) produced an impressive final run to finish a career best eighth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom held in Semmering.
Shiffrin, who has been sick the last few days, vaulted to 10th in the World Cup overall standings.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 25th. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) did not start and is still regaining strength following a late November stomach illness.
The U.S. Ski Team now as three women in the World Cup overall top 10 (Vonn 5, Mancuso 7, Shiffrin 10).
Austrian Anna Fenninger earned the wire-to-wire win over Slovenia's Tina Maze by a massive 1.1 second margin.
Race conditions were rugged as wind, fog and wet snow pounded the slope throughout the final run.
The race will air on Universal Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET with rebroadcast at 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET
QUOTES Mikaela Shiffrin That felt better. I had some energy that run. I mean, my energy level has been okay, or maybe I’m just telling myself it’s okay—mind over matter. Last night I actually had the best night of sleep that I’ve had in a long time, so hopefully tonight I get a good night of sleep and come out tomorrow and have some fun.
Julia Mancuso It was actually pretty good considering how warm it is. There’s one tricky turn up there that’s catching most people. It’s a little bumpy and there’s a dish at the gate, but it wasn’t too bad. There was just a bump and you couldn’t see the holes really, but that’s what happens.
Roland Pfeifer, Technical Head Coach Lately she has been three times in the top 10, so she is progressing rapidly, I’d say it’s really promising on the way to Schladming.
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