Shiffrin unstoppable in Flachau
The Mikaela Shiffrin train continued to roll over all competition as the American star won her 41st career World Cup title and her fifth victory in a row since the New Year under the lights in the Flachau slalom.
After the first run, Shiffrin sat in second place behind Austrian Bernadette Schild by 0.37 seconds, but an amazing effort in the second run, allowed her to make up more than a second on her first run time as she ultimately beat Schild by 0.94 seconds.
“Tonight I was chasing in the second run, and I knew with Bernadette, she’s skiing so loose, I had to go all out,” Shiffrin said of the win. “I had nothing to lose. And for all you Austrian fans, you should be so proud of her. I can’t imagine how much nerves she had. She’s skiing amazing.”
Sweden’s Friday Hansdotter earned her third podium of the New Year finishing 1.43 seconds off the winning pace.
The warm, foggy weather threw many of the top names for a loop in the first run as Wendy Holdener (SUI) and Petra Vlhova (SVK), ranked second and third in the current World Cup slalom standings failed to make the second run.
After a busy schedule, which has seen five races in the last nine days, the ladies’ World Cup tour rolls on to Bad Kleinkirchheim (AUT) for a downhill and super-G this weekend.