Mikeala Shiffrin Follows Olympic Gold With Slalom World Cup Title
American alpine ski phenom Mikaela Shiffrin added another notch to her belt this weekend as she secured the overall 2014 Audi FIS Alpine Slalom World Cup title with a twelfth place finish in Lenserheide, Switzerland. Finishing what was undoubtedly her best season ever on a high, Shiffrin wracked up all the points she needed to claim the overall slalom season title, just a month after she became the youngest ever woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the same event.
This was not the first time Shiffrin secured the slalom globe. The youngster did it last year as well at the tender age of 18. She successfully defended her title as well as placing sixth in the overall Audi FIS season standings and seventh in the giant slalom.
“Every part of the season was pretty special,” Shiffrin said. “The whole year again was a learning experience, so I’m just really excited to wrap it up healthy and strong and feeling excited for next year.”
The Colorado native will return home for U.S. Championships this week, an event she feels very comfortable competing in.
“U.S. Championships just feels like going home,” Shiffrin added. “Going to Nationals at the end of every year just brings me back to the ground. I’ve had such an amazing season, but it’s nice to remember all my friends and all the coaches that I’ve seen and had along the way. It’s a really nice place to compete too. So, it’s going to be a nice week. Then I get to really go home and have a perfect end to the season.”
It’s been an amazing season for Shiffrin, capturing the hearts of Americans and others world wide in Sochi and now adding another slalom globe to her trophy case. It’s no mystery, Shiffrin is set to top many a podium for a long time to come with her proven success as such a young age.