Shiffrin claims season slalom title at Are

08 March 2014 10:57
Mikaela Shiffrin - Are
Mikaela Shiffrin - Are -
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Are, Sweden - The 18-year-old American managed to protect her lead from her solid first run to win today's slalom in a combined time of 1:50.66. The young Olympic champion beat local heroes Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Anna Swenn-Larsson and Frida Hansdotter. The Swedes finished respectively 0.60, 1.50 and 1.90 seconds off the winning pace.

Shiffrin won her fourth season World Cup slalom today and equals her own American record, set last season. “I really tried to attack in both runs,” she commented. “The second run was difficult but I was lucky to start when the sun came out and to have a better visibility. Anna and Maria had an amazing second run too, so that inspired me to go fast.”

The American also sets record for most World Cup slalom wins before turning 19. Today's race was the last World Cup slalom race as an 18-year-old for Olympic slalom champion, who turns 19 on 13 March. With today's win, she becomes the first woman to win eight before turning 19.

"I’m just really comfortable on slalom skis. It feels so easy to me when I’m loose and I let my skis go and it just seems like they find the finish for me and I don’t have to work so hard," Shiffrin added.

In the slalom standings Shiffrin has now points 130 points more than Frida Hansdotter and hence claims her second straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title.

"My next goal is to win in GS. Hopefully I can get some good training in and have some confidence, because I know my GS skiing is fast enough to win, but I really have to do my best skiing and that seems to be slipping away from me a little bit," the American concluded.

With a seventh place today, Germany's Maria Höfl-Riesch leads in the overall standings again. She has points 29 points more than Anna Fenninger. 

This closes the final week of racing before the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide. The action starts on Monday already with the first downhill training.

Here are the full results.