Mikaela Shiffrin Dominates First Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Slalom Event of the Season In Levi
Young American alpine ski sensation, Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time returning to winning form as the slalom World Cup season opened up in Levi, Finland this past weekend. The 18-year-old defending slalom world champion collected her fifth career World Cup win in commanding fashion over 2010 Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch and defending World Cup Overall champion, Tina Maze.
The teen phenom, Shiffrin has made a habit of breaking barriers, creating history and making a name for herself as a major player in the world of alpine ski. Her win in Finland was no different as she matched or bettered a multitude of records. Her win brought her to a ranking of third among American women for slalom wins. Shiffrin has won five of the last eight World Cup slalom events and she joined Lindsey Vonn as the only Americans to have won in Levi.
“One of my goals is to keep my slalom standings,” Shiffrin said. “And it’s nice to know I’m not that far off.”
Shiffrin was the only athlete to record two runs under the 58-second mark, topping Maze by 1.61 seconds and Hoefl-Riesch by 1.06 seconds in Levi. One final fun statistic from the weekend race: Shiffrin became one of very few American teen girls to be able to say she owns a real, live reindeer. Along with her 100 points towards the World Cup overall and slalom standings and her prize money, Shiffrin was presented with the furry creature by the Levi organizing committee for her big weekend win.
Next up for Shiffrin and the Audi FIS Alpine crew: Beaver Creek, CO on November 29- December 1, where the ladies will test out the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships course. Just one more step along the way to this winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, an event Shiffrin is very excited about.
“I’m a ski racer at heart,” Shiffrin said. “So I’m really happy to be back racing, back on snow, back in winter. It was really foreign to me this summer with all the media and everybody so excited abut the Olympics. It’s awesome and it’s a great place to be for sure, but I had no idea what to expect. So it’s nice to have my feet back on the ground, back in a place that I know.”