Shiffrin Wins Second Consecutive World Cup Slalom
Olympic gold medalist ramping up for World Championships
Mikaela Shiffrin won her second consecutive World Cup slalom event on January 4 in Zagreb, Croatia. Her 1.66-second margin of victory was the largest in the 10-year history of the event, the AP reports. The victory comes on the heels of her December 29 win in Austria.
Shiffrin, 20, was the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold medalist and 2013 World Champion in the slalom event, but she’s spent the beginning of the 2014–2015 season finding her footing. After a disappointing 11th-place season opener in Levi, Finland, in November, she began working her way up the World Cup results. Shiffrin took fifth place in Aspen and fourth place in Sweden, but at Kuetai in Tirol, Austria, she secured a win over the Czech Republic’s Sarka Strachova by a narrow 0.8-second margin.
“For the first time in my career, I just feel like I am in complete control of myself,” Shiffrin told the AP. She credits the change to time spent training and testing equipment in Santa Caterina, Italy. “I have started off really great with my career, but I am hoping to keep improving … I feel like I am in a really great place right now.”
Shiffrin’s win marks her 11th World Cup victory, making her the winningest U.S. Ski Team member in the event—male or female—according to the USSA.
Her win occurred four weeks before the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are scheduled to kick off at Beaver Creek in Vail, Colorado. A two-time World Cup slalom champion (2013, 2014), Shiffrin currently sits second on the series leaderboard, one point behind Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. The final event will take place in Flachau, Austria, on January 13.