Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom
Ryan Summerlin January 15, 2014
FLACHAU, Austria — Eagle-Vail teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women’s World Cup night slalom on Tuesday.
Shiffrin overcame two mistakes in her final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 45.83 seconds and beat Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.83. Another Swede, Maria Pietilae-Holmner, was 1.14 back in third.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who leads the overall standings, came fourth, 1.40 off the lead.
It was Shiffrin’s third victory this season and seventh overall. The 18-year-old joined Perrine Pelen of France and Croatia’s Janica Kostelic as the only female skiers to have won seven World Cup slaloms before turning 19.
Shiffrin, who won the world championship and the World Cup title in slalom last year, extended her lead in the discipline standings.