Mikaela Shiffrin is at home. With her fifth slalom win in a row, her hometown fans were at Killington in force, including her 95-year-old Nana, during the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup.
Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia took second place and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland rounded out the top three. But it was Mikaela that had the greatest day of her professional career winning in front of her family and friends. With her victory, she stays in the total points lead for the season.
As a graduate of the Burke Ski Academy just down the road in Burke, Vermont, it was an opportunity for Mikaela’s East Coast fans to have a once in a lifetime chance to see her compete with the cream of the European World Cup racers. At 21, Mikaela is the premiere slalom skier in the US, and across the world. She has won the last nine World Cup Slalom races she has participated in. With 22 World Cup victories, 21 have been in Slalom and one in Giant Slalom. Sunday was her 10th consecutive World Cup slalom victory during the first World Cup race ever at the mountain, and the first in Vermont since 1978.
Killington pulled off a victory as well, proving that the East coast of the United States is a perfect place for the World Cup. Could we gain a new stop on the circuit? The racers loved the crowds!
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