Shiffrin fastest in Aspen SL 1st run
Aspen, USA – Starting with bib number 2, USA's Mikaela Shiffrin best dealt with the 59 gates set on the Lower Ruthie's Run and clocked the winning time of 49.46 seconds in the slalom first run to edge out Slovenia's Tina Maze at the top of the timesheets. Maze finished just 0.11 seconds off the pace while Austria's Kathrin Zettel isn't far behind, 0.21 seconds slower.
Coming into today's slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin has won 10 World Cup races in her career of which nine came in slalom. All her 10 victories have come in Europe and today could see her win for the first time in her home country if she manages to keep that lead in the second run.
“I was super nervous at the start,” said the 19-year-old American. “I think I skied well considering my nerves especially from the mid-section down. Next time I'll try to ski al little bit looser at the top and see what I can do.”
“I really like this hill. I love the terrain. It's really aggressive snow. It's a feeling that I like, but it's also tricky. So I'll try to be patient in the second run with my turns and see what happens.”
The second run looks very promising considering how tight the first run was.
“The entire top 10 looks pretty dangerous, so I am not out of the dark at all. This is a whole other race in the second run. I will probably be nervous again,” Shiffrin concluded.
Here are the full results of today's first run.