Mikaela Rules, Winning Slalom at Killington

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Mikaela Rules, Winning Slalom at Killington

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Mikaela Shiffrin didn't just win. She didn't just ski to a resounding victory. She killed it.

Weeks before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shiffrin scored a first-place finish so commanding, so seemingly effortless on the unforgivingly icy slope in the FIS World Cup slalom races in Killington, she brought the hometown crowd to deafening cheers. And a few tears.

“USA! USA!''

Shiffrin, whom The New Yorker dubbed “The Best Slalom Skier In the World,'' began the women's races this weekend in a jangle of nerves. But she so dominated the race – finishing ahead of her nearest competitor by a combined time in the two runs of 1.64 seconds. It was exciting to watch her attack the snow, beautifully and relentlessly.

Petra Vlohva of Slovakia finished second, and Austria's Bernadette Schild took third.

Later, Mikaela confided in the media that this year "was almost like 'Groundhog Day' in a way.''

Last year at World Cup in Killington "I was almost incapacitated by nerves,'' she said. This year, though, she used her nervousness. "It was more like fuel.''

She said a year ago, "I was puking before races.'' But now, with the help of a sports psychologist, "I'm starting to find a way to control it."

Today was Mikaela's day.

See you in Asia.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin cries as she hugs her Nana after winning the slalom at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Slalom at Killington.
Pauline Condron, the 95-year-old grandmother of the Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, watched the race for the second time at KIllington.

 


Petra Vlohva of Slovakia took second, Mikaela Shiffrin finished first, and Austria's Bernadette Schild took third in slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup Slalom.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin with the World Cup trophy after winning the Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup.

 

Petra Vlohva of Slovakia finished second in the slalom race at Killington's FIS Ski World Cup

 

The First Run

Mikaela Shiffrin was ­beyond ecstatic after her first run, first-place finish at the FIS Ski World Cup in Killington Sunday. In her last 21 World Cup slalom races, Shiffrin rose to the podium 20 times, with 16 wins, two second places, two thirds with only one DNF in the entire period. She finished second in the last two World Cups to Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who skiied a disappointing fifth in the first run.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was in second and Bernadette Schild of Austria was third.

Ahead with an insurmountable .89 lead in the slalom, Shiffrin, smiling ear-to-ear, was asked if she had anything to say. “Cheer louder,'' she chirped to her hometown crowd. “We can't hear you!''

The shouts, already deafening, went thermonuclear. Go Mikaela!

Mikaela Shiffrin hits a gate on her way to a first place finish in the first run of the Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington.

 

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland takes on the flush during her second place finish in the first run of the Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington.

 

Bernadette Schild of Austria hits a gate on her way to a third place finish in the first run of the Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington.

 

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