Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the podium with Veronika Velez Zuzulova in second and Wendy Holdener in third. (Getty Images-Giuseppe Cacace)
SESTRIERE, Italy (Dec. 11, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) crushed the second run to take her sixth-straight slalom win at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Sestriere by over a second.
After winning the first run by only .12, Shiffrin stated that she was feeling stiff and was a little bummed with her skiing. So she took that frustration and channeled it into her second run, building almost a full second onto her first run time to take the win by 1.09 seconds over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished third.
Shiffrin slayssecond run to take the win. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)
“I was definitely stiff (first run) and felt much better about the second run,” said Shiffrin. “I kept saying skiing down the course, ‘It’s not enough. It’s not enough.’ You have to want more and more speed and it ended up working. I’m happy to have another run like that this year.”
Shiffrin, who has been racing speed this season, said she will not go to Val d’Isere this week for the alpine combined, downhill and super G, and instead will focus on the Courcheval giant slalom as her last race before the holidays. “All the overall winners in the past years all did the full speed circuit and the full tech circuit, or something close,” said Shiffrin. “It’s a lot! I have a lot of respect for the girls that can do all that. Now they’re going to Val d’Isere as well and I have to say stop. I don’t think I can compete well in slalom and GS if I keep going with so little training and fatigue, as well.”
Behind Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) broke into the top 15 for the first time this season, taking 15th overall.
Mikaela Shiffrin won the Sestriere slalom - her sixth Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom win in a row since her injury and her third this season.
Shiffrin’s coach Mike Day set the second run of the slalom.
Resi Stiegler was 15th.
Lila Lapanja (Alpine Village, NV) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT) did not qualify for second run.
Road to Aspen: Shiffrin’s win kept her in first for the overall World Cup title, extending her lead over Lara Gut to over 100 points. Shiffrin also holds the lead in slalom.
Watch the broadcast of the slalom on Universal HD at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Next, the women’s speed team heads to Val d’Isere, while the tech team will go to Courchevel, France for a giant slalom.
Mikaela Shiffrin After first run Not perfect, that’s for sure. I was pretty stiff; I was a little bummed with my skiing. But I have another run, so we’ll see. I just tried to get as much rest as I could. I had a good night of sleep, so that was nice. This morning I’ve been trying to wake up my legs a little bit
After second run Going from Killington to Lake Louise to here, there’s been a lot going on. It’s tough and part of the deal and it takes a really mature athlete to handle all that.
I was definitely stiff (first run) and felt much better about the second run. I kept saying skiing down the course, ‘It’s not enough. It’s not enough.’ You have to want more and more speed and it ended up working. But it’s the mindset I had last year: It’s never enough. I just wanted to go faster. I’m happy to have another run like that this year. Killington was the toughest slalom because of being in front of my home and having the expectations that I should win. That was tough. Every race in tough in its own way.
Today I was tight and was racing to win. Thinking that the pace I have was enough. Obviously, it was barely enough—the other girls were really close. I know they want to win races as well.
On not racing in Val d’Isere It’s a heavy program. I wanted to go to Lake Louise because speed is really fun and I wanted to see what it felt like to do that. All the overall winners in the past years all did the full speed circuit and the full tech circuit, or something close. It’s tiring and I always knew that, but I never knew how to expect it. It’s a lot! I have a lot of respect for the girls that can do all that. Now they’re going to Val d’Isere as well and I have to say stop. I don’t think I can compete well in slalom and GS if I keep going with so little training and fatigue, as well.