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Pro Cycling Challenge: Results from Monday’s prologue

Location: Colorado Springs Distance: 5.18 miles Total climb: 219 feet Place Bib Name Team Time (behind) 1 43 Patrick Gretsch HTC – Highroad 8:27.460 2 36 Christian Vandevelde Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:02 3 3 Brent Bookwalter BMC Racing Team 00:04 4 83 Robert Förster Unitedhealthcare 00:05 5 27 Jens Voigt Team Leopard-Trek 00:07 6 2 George Hincapie BMC Racing Team 00:07 7 11 Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack 00:08 8 41 Tejay Van Garderen HTC – Highroad 00:08 9 1 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 00:08 10 118 Ryan Roth Team Spidertech 00:10 11 44 Danny Pate HTC – Highroad 00:11 12 5 Jeffry Louder BMC Racing Team 00:11 13 132 Carlos Alzate Escobar Team Exergy 00:13 14 85 Adrian Hegyvary Unitedhealthcare 00:14 15 81 Rory Sutherland Unitedhealthcare 00:15 16 37 David Zabriskie Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:15 17 15 Benjamin King Team RadioShack 00:16 18 72 Stef Clement Rabobank Cycling Team 00:16 19 116 Francois Parisien Team Spidertech 00:17 20 31 Tom Danielson Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:17 21 71 Robert Gesink Rabobank Cycling Team 00:18 22 18 Ben Hermans Team RadioShack 00:20 23 88 Scott Zwizanski Unitedhealthcare 00:20 24 64 Gustav Larsson Saxo Bank SunGard 00:21 25 38 Daniel Summerhill Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:21 26 17 Ivan Rovny Team RadioShack 00:22 27 35 Peter Stetina Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:22 28 127 Jay Robert Thompson Bissell Pro Cycling 00:23 29 32 Ryder Hesjedal Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:23 30 82 Jonathan Clarke Unitedhealthcare 00:24 31 122 Frank Pipp Bissell Pro Cycling 00:26 32 55 Daniel Oss Liquigas-Cannondale 00:26 33 114 David Boily Team Spidertech 00:26 34 125 Rob Britton Bissell Pro Cycling 00:26 35 117 Andrew Randell Team Spidertech 00:27 36 156 Carlos Ospina Gobernacion de Antioquia 00:28 37 48 Lachlan Norris HTC – Highroad 00:29 38 46 Hayden Roulston HTC – Highroad 00:30 39 65 Michael Morkov Saxo Bank SunGard 00:31 40 87 Bradley White Unitedhealthcare 00:31 41 104 Sander Oostlander Skil-Shimano 00:32 42 152 Oscar Sevilla Ribiero Gobernacion de Antioquia 00:32 43 123 Jeremy Vennell Bissell Pro Cycling 00:32 44 161 Giovany Baez UNE – EPM 00:33 45 23 Stefan Denifl Team Leopard-Trek 00:33 46 162 Juan Pablo Suarez UNE – EPM 00:33 47 4 Chris Barton BMC Racing Team 00:33 48 25 Martin Mortensen Team Leopard-Trek 00:33 49 54 Edward King Liquigas-Cannondale 00:33 50 93 Rubens Bertogliati Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:34 51 12 Dmitriy Muravyev Team RadioShack 00:34 52 144 William Dickeson Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:35 53 148 Nic Hamlton Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:35 54 52 Davide Cimolai Liquigas-Cannondale 00:35 55 57 Sylvester Szmyd Liquigas-Cannondale 00:36 56 133 Fred Rodriguez Team Exergy 00:36 57 21 Andy Schleck Team Leopard-Trek 00:36 58 128 Ben Jacques-Maynes Bissell Pro Cycling 00:37 59 14 Philip Deignan Team RadioShack 00:37 60 22 Frank Schleck Team Leopard-Trek 00:37 61 58 Elia Viviani Liquigas-Cannondale 00:37 62 47 Peter Velits HTC – Highroad 00:38 63 13 George Bennett Team RadioShack 00:38 64 143 Bernard Van Ulden Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:38 65 135 Sam Johnson Team Exergy 00:38 66 53 Timothy Duggan Liquigas-Cannondale 00:38 67 33 Daniel Lloyd Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:38 68 63 Daniel Navarro Garcia Saxo Bank SunGard 00:39 69 142 Alastair Loutit Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:39 70 165 Rafael Infantino Abreu UNE – EPM 00:40 71 121 Christopher Baldwin Bissell Pro Cycling 00:41 72 95 Javier Megias Leal Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:41 73 113 Jonathan Patrick Mccarty Team Spidertech 00:41 74 16 Jason Mccartney Team RadioShack 00:41 75 126 Paul Mach Bissell Pro Cycling 00:42 76 134 Matt Cooke Team Exergy 00:42 77 84 Davide Frattini Unitedhealthcare 00:42 78 66 Laurent Didier Saxo Bank SunGard 00:43 79 115 Bruno Langlois Team Spidertech 00:43 80 34 Thomas Peterson Team Garmin – Cervelo 00:44 81 94 Valeryi Kobzarenko Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:44 82 147 Alex Hagman Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:44 83 131 Andres Miguel Diaz Team Exergy 00:45 84 151 Sergio Henao Montoya Gobernacion de Antioquia 00:45 85 62 Brian Vandborg Bach Saxo Bank SunGard 00:47 86 86 Christopher Jones Unitedhealthcare 00:47 87 24 Anders Lund Team Leopard-Trek 00:48 88 166 Carlos Piamonte UNE – EPM 00:49 89 146 Jeremy Powers Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:49 90 138 Kai Applequist Team Exergy 00:50 91 45 Craig Lewis HTC – Highroad 00:50 92 61 Andre Steensen Saxo Bank SunGard 00:51 93 42 Caleb Fairly HTC – Highroad 00:51 94 153 Janier Acevedo Calle Gobernacion de Antioquia 00:51 95 74 Laurens Ten Dam Rabobank Cycling Team 00:52 96 7 Timothy Roe BMC Racing Team 00:52 97 51 Ivan Basso Liquigas-Cannondale 00:52 98 56 Juraj Sagan Liquigas-Cannondale 00:52 99 111 Lucas Euser Team Spidertech 00:53 100 26 Bruno Pires Team Leopard-Trek 00:54 101 168 Jaime Castaneda UNE – EPM 00:54 102 91 Alexander Efimkin Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:55 103 8 Christopher Butler BMC Racing Team 00:55 104 97 William Dugan Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:56 105 145 Kenneth Hanson Jelly Belly Cycling Team 00:56 106 105 Tobias Ludvigsson Skil-Shimano 00:57 107 167 Eduard Beltran Suarez UNE – EPM 00:58 108 98 Fabio Calabria Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 00:58 109 124 Andrew Dahlheim Bissell Pro Cycling 00:59 110 164 Edwar Stiber Ortiz Caro UNE – EPM 00:59 111 112 Flavio De Luna Team Spidertech 00:59 112 101 Kenny Robert Van Hummel Skil-Shimano 01:01 113 141 Sergio Hernandez Jelly Belly Cycling Team 01:01 114 157 Oscar Alvarez Gobernacion de Antioquia 01:01 115 92 Vladimir Efimkin Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 01:01 116 73 Grischa Niermann Rabobank Cycling Team 01:01 117 155 Rafael Anibal Montiel Gobernacion de Antioa 01:02 118 136 Sebastien Salas Team Exergy 01:03 119 6 Chad Beyer BMC Racing Team 01:04 120 107 Thierry Hupond Skil-Shimano 01:08 121 75 Pieter Weening Rabobank Cycling Team 01:10 122 106 Philipp Ries Skil-Shimano 01:13 123 137 Erik Slack Team Exergy 01:14 124 163 Walter Pedraza Morales UNE – EPM 01:15 125 76 Dennis Van Winden Rabobank Cycling Team 01:19 126 154 Alejandro Ramirez Gobernacion de Antioquia 01:19 127 96 Daniele Callegarin Team Type 1 – Sanofi Aventis 01:20 128 158 Cristhian Montoya Gobernacion de Antioquia 01:24 129 103 Martin Reimer Skil-Shimano 01:28 130 102 Thomas Bonnin Skil-Shimano 02:04

Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority – Agenda for April 28, 2005

Upper Eagle Regional Water AuthorityRegular MeetingApril 28, 20058:30 a.m.AGENDA04-28-01Public Comment04-28-02Consultant/Guest Introduction04-28-03Minutes of Meetings Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 24, 2005 (Attachment 3) Consideration: Approval or ModificationAppeal Of Dedication Requirements for Water Rights and Treated Water Storage for McCoy Springs (Attachment 4) Stage Three Water Use RestrictionsMike Bauer (Attachment 5) Admission of Additional Members to UERWA Board Report by Water CounselGlenn PorzakMinturns Request for Support of Instream Flow Increase (Attachment 7a) Eagle Park Reservoir Enlargement Town of AvonProposal for Supplemental Water Lease (Attachment 7c) Senate Bill 62 Flattops Ranches Update Colorado River Basin Proposal (Attachment 7f) 04-28-08Report by Legal CounselJames P. Collins04-28-09Report by General ManagerDennis Gelvin Monthly Report (Attachment 9a) Tier 3 Water Usage Agenda Items for Tentative Joint UERWA/ERWSD Meeting May 26, 2005d.Other matters04-28-10Report by Finance ManagerBecky Bultemeier March Financials (Attachment 10)Consideration: Approval or Modification04-28-11Reports That Require No Action Capital Improvements Projects Report (Attachment 11a)Water Production and Consumption Report (Attachment 11b)System Capacity vs. System Demand (Attachment 11c)Interconnect Operations Report (Attachment 11d)Contract Log (Attachment 11e)Distribution/Collection Status Report (Attachment 11f)Tap Fee Report (Attachment 11g) Monthly Water Sales-ERWSD (Attachment 11h) i.UERWA March Referral Memo (Attachment 11i)j.ERWSD March Referral Memo (Attachment 11j)k.UERWA March Summary Memo (Attachment 11k)l.ERWSD March Summary Memo (Attachment 11l)04-28-12AdjournmentFYI Vail Colorado

Today’s start list for slalom

1 MAZE Tina SLO 2 SHIFFRIN Mikaela USA 3 ZETTEL Kathrin AUT 4 HANSDOTTER Frida SWE 5 PIETILAE-HOLMNER M. SWE 6 STRACHOVA Sarka CZE 7 HOSP Nicole AUT 8 WENN-LARSSON Anna SWE 9 LOESETH Nina NOR 10 KIRCHGASSER Michaela AUT 11 GAGNON Marie-Michele CAN 12 VELEZ ZUZULOVA V. SVK 13 HOLDENER Wendy SUI 14 COSTAZZA Chiara ITA 15 NOENS Nastasia FRA 16GISIN Michelle SUI 17 THALMANN Carmen AUT 18 MIELZYNSKI Erin CAN 19 STIEGLER Resi USA 20 MOUGEL Laurie FRA 21 MOELGG Manuela ITA 22 BAUD Adeline FRA 23 HECTOR Sara SWE 24 DUERR Lena GER 25 VLHOVA Petra SVK 26 BARIOZ Taina FRA 27 BRIGNONE Federica ITA 28 BUCIK Ana SLO 29 GUTIERREZ Mireia AND 30 DUBOVSKA Martina CZE 31 HASEGAWA Emi JPN 32 MOLTZAN Paula USA 33 WIESLER Maren GER 34 CHABLE Charlotte SUI 35 SOPPELA Merle FIN 36 DUKE Hailey USA 37 CRAWFORD Candace CAN 38 LAVTAR Katarina SLO 39 IGNJATOVIC Nevena SRB 40 POPOVIC Leona CRO 41 SMALL Greta AUS 42 NOVOSELIC Sofija CRO 43 TILLEY Alexandra GBR 44 MCJAMES Megan USA 45 ALOPINA Ksenia RUS 46 PERSYN Karen BEL 47 MISAK Iva CRO 48 JELINKOVA Adriana NED 49 GUEST Charlotte GBR 50 PAULATHOVA Katerina CZE 51 KOMSIC Andrea CRO 52 ROVE Kristiina FIN 53 BANCORA Salome ARG 54 GASUNA Lelde LAT 55 SIMARI BIRKNER M. ARG 56 CAPOVA Gabriela CZE 57 GASTALDI Nicol ARG 58 CHRYSTAL Lavinia AUS 59 GUDMUNDSDOTTIR M. ISL 60 VILHJALMSDOTTIR H. M. ISL 61 MATSOTSKA Bogdana UKR 62 GASIENICA-DANIEL M. POL 63 KIRKOVA Maria BUL 64 HUDSON Piera NZL 65 BARAHONA Noelle CHI 66 DECROIX Marjolein BEL 67 SIMARI BIRKNER A. ARG 68 NOVAKOVIC Zana BIH 69 LEMGART Charlotte T. DAN 70 ASGEIRSDOTTIR Erla ISL 71 EINARSDOTTIR Freydis H. ISL 72 NELLES Mathilde BEL 73 BERECZ Anna HUN 74 ABOLTINA Agnese LAT 75 MERDANOVIC Sejla BIH 76 TSIKLAURI Nino GEO 77 SCHLEPER Sarah MEX 78 GASUNA Evelina LAT 79KNYSH Olha UKR 80 BELL Florence IRE 81 PELLEGRIN Elise MLT 82 RALLI Sophia GRE 83 HARRISSON Maya BRA 84 TIKUN Tetyana UKR 85 BELL Victoria IRE 86 XIA Lina CHN 87 ARBEZ Tess IRE 88 SAMARINOU Maria GRE 89 BERTHELSEN N. C. DAN 90 JANUSKEVICIUTE Ieva LTU 91 MELDERE Ieva LAT 92 ELVINGER Catherine LUX 93 QIN Xiyue CHN 94 MEHILLI Suela ALB 95 JANKOVIC Masa SRB 96 OETTL REYES Ornella PER 97 KIEK Ronnie ISR 98 GKOGKOU Anastasia GRE 99 KOKKINI Anastasia GRE 100 HALILOVIC Amira BIH 101 GRIGOREVA Kseniya UZB 102 BULATOVIC Ivana MNE 103 MOE Lisa Christine B. DAN 104 PFINGSTHORN M. CHI 105 BUCHLER Gitit ISR 106 MOHBAT Natacha LIB 107 VICUNA Josefina CHI 108 BOGDANOVIC Barbara SRB 109 BERECZ Reka HUN 110 CSIMA Laura HUN 111 MANDIC Nina SRB 112 PALIUTKINA Olga KGZ 113 NASSAR Lea LIB 114 KEIROUZ Celine LIB 115 THAKUR Aanchal IND 116 HADDAD Yasma LIB 117 DEVI Varsha IND 118 BARANOVA Tatjana UZB 119 WU Meng-Chien TPE 120 EIGLER Patricia HUN

Shiffrin defends title at Worlds

BEAVER CREEK — The lady does have a flair for the dramatic. Eagle-Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin needed every bit of the last portion of the 2,099-foot women's slalom course to pull out gold on Saturday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek. Shiffrin had a 0.40-second lead over Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, but a good run by the current World Cup leader preceding Shiffrin essentially erased that margin. Shiffrin was 4-hundredths of a second behind Hansdotter at the first time and 3-hundredths back heading into The Abyss and the face or Redtail. Yet Shiffrin somehow had the internal drive to find time in the final stretch, pulling away from Hansdotter by 34-hundredths. The Czech Republic's Sarka Strachova earned bronze. After going the first 11 days of the Championships without a gold medal, the U.S. Ski Team picked up its second gold medal in as many days, first with Ted Ligety in the men's giant slalom and Shifrin in women's slalom. Shiffrin, 19 and turning 20 next month, defended her world title in the slalom, having won her first Championships gold back in Schladming, Austria, in 2011. It's also her third "major" medal with her Olympic gold in the discipline in Sochi, Russia. Hansdotter, who took bronze in the last Worlds, had won two slaloms on the World Cup this season, emerging as Shiffrin's chief competitor. But it was not be for the 29 year old. Strakova won her fourth career medal at Worlds with a combined time that was 77-hundredths behind Shiffrin. Slovenia's Veronica Velez Zuzulova was fourth, followed by Austria's Kathrin Zettel.

Shiffrin crushes rivals for 3rd straight slalom world title

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Mikaela Shiffrin was in a world of her own on Saturday, extending her unbeaten record in slalom gold medal events. The 2014 Olympic champion imperiously won her specialist event at a third straight ski world championships — and by a huge margin of 1.64 seconds. Still aged just 21, the American star was nerveless, ruthless and stylish, turning a first-run lead of 0.38 over the home fans' favorite Wendy Holdener into a rout. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third, trailing by 1.75. "It happened almost as perfect as it could have," Shiffrin said. "That was the way I imagined myself skiing the course." On crossing the finish line, Shiffrin gazed up for several seconds at the giant screen and then gulped in air on finally seeing the size of her victory. "I didn't want to celebrate until I knew for certain I had won," she said. "But when I saw 1.6, I thought, 'Is the time wrong?' That was a really special moment." Swiss fans, who had loudly supported Holdener two minutes earlier, duly acclaimed the unbeaten champion. "I heard the crowd cheering so loud," Shiffrin recalled of her wait to start. "I was thinking, 'Oh that's cool, (Wendy) must be happy, but today is my day, not yours.'" Minutes before her decisive run, Shiffrin was filmed keeping cool by sitting beneath an umbrella to find shade from the sunshine. Her gold medal streak in slalom now includes each world championships she entered, and her only Winter Olympics. Shiffrin's victory also gave the United States its first world title at St. Moritz in the 10th of 11 medal events. On a clear day and in perfect racing conditions, Shiffrin was 0.85 faster than any rival second time down. Holdener added slalom silver to her gold medal in the combined event. Both her medals were won after Swiss star Lara Gut crashed out of the championships with a serious knee injury. "It's crazy," the 23-year-old Holdener said. "It wasn't always easy, the pressure is here. I'm proud of myself." With Shiffrin also getting a silver medal in giant slalom, the U.S. team's tally is three. Lindsey Vonn took bronze in downhill. "I'm really excited with the silver in GS and today's race is as good as it could be," said Shiffrin, who was congratulated course-side by IOC President Thomas Bach. Bach watched Shiffrin's second run from the same VIP seats where Roger Federer saw Vonn race last Sunday. "I think I am her best mascot," Bach told The Associated Press. "Whenever I am at (ski) world championships, she is winning. So we were looking forward together for next year." Given good health, Shiffrin should arrive in South Korea next year among the biggest favorites for Olympic gold at the Pyeongchang Games. Another of the skiing's biggest honors is likely to be in Shiffrin's hands next month. She is the clear leader and strong favorite, since Gut's injury, to claim her first giant crystal globe trophy — awarded to the best all-around skier in a grueling five-month World Cup season. "There is a lot of work to do still, and there are some girls who are close enough that they can be dangerous," Shiffrin cautioned. Still, the World Cup finals week races in Aspen, Colorado, next month will be almost certainly another Shiffrin coronation.

Shiffrin skis to gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin was cruising to a gold medal halfway down the slalom course in the Olympics. Then, in a split-second, everything was in doubt. She hit some soft snow and her left ski went high in the air. She struggled to regain her balance. "I thought it was over," said her coach, Roland Pfeifer. "Roland and I definitely had a heart attack," said her mom, Eileen. But, just as quickly, Mikaela aggressively recovered, re-established control, and fluidly skied to the finish. She took a moment to look up at the scoreboard, and when she did, she saw that she had won the gold medal by 0.53 seconds. "I was a little bit scared to look at it," she said. "I was like, 'I gave it away, I know it.'" Shiffrin, 18, of Eagle-Vail, becomes the youngest-ever slalom Olympic gold medalist. It's the first gold medal in women's slalom for the United States since Barbara Cochran won in 1972. The Ski and Snowboard Club Vail alumna has now won an Olympic gold, a World Championship and a World Cup slalom globe, and she's still a teenager. "It's an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold, and it's going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life's not over yet," Shiffrin said. Shiffrin's parents, Jeff and Eileen, celebrated in the finish area at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center as reporters mobbed their daughter. "It's a magical moment," said Jeff Shiffrin. "I'm just so happy for her." Eileen has traveled on the World Cup circuit with Mikaela, serving as an adviser, representative and coach, as well as mom. "I think she's one of the best slalom skiers on the World Cup on any given World Cup," Eileen said. "On any given day there are a handful of other girls, too, that are awesome slalom skiers. But in my mind, Mikaela — when she skis her best — it's the best skiing." Shiffrin skied a great first run with no major mistakes, building a 0.49-second lead over the next-closest competitor, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, of Germany, the defending champion in the Olympic slalom. When Shiffrin — the favorite to win — was heading up the lift for the second run, she started to realize how close she was to getting a gold medal, tearing up at the prospect of being an Olympic champion. But she regained her composure, listening to some music and doing word searches. "She said, 'You know, I just really like to ski slalom. I'm just going to go ski slalom and not worry about this any more,'" Eileen said. Under the flood lights after darkness fell for the second run, Hoefl-Riesch faltered, ending up fourth. Two-time Sochi medal winner Tina Maze, of Slovenia, who sat in third after the first run, couldn't put anything together in her second run, either, falling to eighth. Austrian Marlies Schild, the all-time leader in women's World Cup slalom victories and one of Shiffrin's role models, put down a blazing second run, the fastest of the day, to finish second and get the silver. Kathrin Zettel, also of Austria, won the bronze. Shiffrin began her second run by widening her lead, but the bobble in the middle of the course cut it in half. She still recovered to win by more than half a second. "She's amazing," Schild said of Shiffrin. "She's racing like an athlete that's skied in World Cup for years. It's fun to compete against her but it's also really hard because she's really good in every condition. … I think she really deserves this gold medal." Dr. Bill Sterett, of Edwards, the head doctor for the women's team, watched from the start gate and then was in the finish area for the flower ceremony. "Spectacular," he said. "It's a little Vail girl. … To be able to have Mikaela launch into such a big stage from here is just spectacular." Shiffrin will now enter a whirlwind of media obligations, from Sochi to New York and beyond, for the foreseeable future. "From what I've heard, there's a lot more media, but maybe (my life) won't change so much, it'll just change in the way I want it to change," Shiffrin said. "I'm going to be the same girl and still be looking for more speed on the mountain."

‘A magical moment, I’m just so happy for her’

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin was cruising to a gold medal halfway down the slalom course in the Olympics. Then, in a split-second, everything was in doubt. She hit some soft snow and her left ski went high in the air. She struggled to regain her balance. "I thought it was over," said her coach, Roland Pfeifer. "Roland and I definitely had a heart attack," said her mom, Eileen. But, just as quickly, Mikaela aggressively recovered, re-established control and fluidly skied to the finish. She took a moment to look up at the scoreboard, and when she did, she saw that she had won the gold medal by 0.53 seconds. "I was a little bit scared to look at it," she said. "I was like, 'I gave it away, I know it.'" Shiffrin, 18, of Eagle-Vail, becomes the youngest-ever slalom Olympic gold medalist. It's the first gold medal in women's slalom for the United States since Barbara Cochran won in 1972. The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alumna has now won an Olympic gold, a World Championship and a World Cup slalom globe, and she's still a teenager. "It's an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold, and it's going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life's not over yet," Shiffrin said. Shiffrin's parents, Jeff and Eileen, celebrated in the finish area at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center as reporters mobbed their daughter. 'Magical Moment' "It's a magical moment," said Jeff Shiffrin. "I'm just so happy for her." Eileen has traveled on the World Cup circuit with Mikaela, serving as an adviser, representative and coach, as well as mom. "I think she's one of the best slalom skiers on the World Cup on any given World Cup," Eileen said. "On any given day there are a handful of other girls, too, that are awesome slalom skiers. But in my mind, Mikaela — when she skis her best — it's the best skiing." Shiffrin skied a great first run with no major mistakes, building a 0.49-second lead over the next-closest competitor, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, of Germany, the defending champion in the Olympic slalom. When Shiffrin — the favorite to win — was heading up the lift for the second run, she started to realize how close she was to getting a gold medal, tearing up at the prospect of being an Olympic champion. But she regained her composure, listening to some music and doing word searches. "She said, 'You know, I just really like to ski slalom. I'm just going to go ski slalom and not worry about this any more,'" Eileen said. Under the flood lights after darkness fell for the second run, Hoefl-Riesch faltered, ending up fourth. Two-time Sochi medal winner Tina Maze, of Slovenia, who sat in third after the first run, couldn't put anything together in her second run, either, falling to eighth. Austrian Marlies Schild, the all-time leader in women's World Cup slalom victories and one of Shiffrin's role models, put down a blazing second run, the fastest of the day, to finish second and get the silver. Kathrin Zettel, also of Austria, won the bronze. 'She's Amazing' Shiffrin began her second run by widening her lead, but the bobble in the middle of the course cut it in half. She still recovered to win by more than half a second. "She's amazing," Schild said of Shiffrin. "She's racing like an athlete that's skied in World Cup for years. It's fun to compete against her but it's also really hard because she's really good in every condition. … I think she really deserves this gold medal." Dr. Bill Sterett, of Edwards, the head doctor for the women's team, watched from the start gate and then was in the finish area for the flower ceremony. "Spectacular," he said. "It's a little Vail girl. … To be able to have Mikaela launch into such a big stage from here is just spectacular." Shiffrin will now enter a whirlwind of media obligations, from Sochi to New York and beyond, for the foreseeable future. "From what I've heard, there's a lot more media, but maybe (my life) won't change so much, it'll just change in the way I want it to change," Shiffrin said. "I'm going to be the same girl and still be looking for more speed on the mountain."

Shiffrin dominates to win her 11th straight World Cup slalom

SESTRIERE, Italy — Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin remains unbeatable in slalom. The American won the 11th consecutive World Cup race that she has entered in the discipline Sunday, adding to a slim first-run lead with a dominating performance in her second trip down the icy Giovanni Agnelli course. Shiffrin finished with a massive 1.09-second advantage over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia, with Wendy Holdener of Switzerland placing third, 1.21 back. "I pushed and it felt really good," Shiffrin said. "The first run I felt tight and the second run I tried to let it fly and that's such a good feeling." Shiffrin missed two months last season after tearing a ligament in her right knee during a training fall in Sweden. She has won six straight slaloms since her return. The 21-year-old Shiffrin increased her lead over defending champion Lara Gut in the overall standings to 105 points. Gut, who rarely races slalom, finished 28th. It was the 23rd win of Shiffrin's World Cup career, with 21 coming in slalom and one in giant slalom. As she seeks her first overall title, Shiffrin is branching out into the speed disciplines of downhill and super-G this season. The multi-event approach has meant she's had less time to dedicate to slalom and that showed with an uncharacteristic mistake in her first run Sunday. On the upper section of the hard and icy Giovanni Agnelli course, Shiffrin lost control briefly and had to spread her skis apart to regain her balance. In her second trip down, Shiffrin was cautious on the top but then gained huge chunks of time on her challengers the rest of the way down — as she normally does. Upon completing her race, Shiffrin let out an adrenaline-filled fist pump. "I tried to have some fun in the second run," Shiffrin said. "I'm trying to entertain myself." Shiffrin also led the first run of Saturday's giant slalom but finished sixth. The women's World Cup circuit had not stopped in Sestriere, which hosted Alpine skiing races during the 2006 Turin Olympics, since 2008. The women travel to Val d'Isere, France, for Alpine combined, downhill and super-G races next weekend.

Shiffrin wins slalom in first race after 2 months out

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Mikaela Shiffrin is definitely back. Two perfect runs saw the American win a women's World Cup slalom by almost a half-second on Monday in her first race after two months out with injury. Crossing the line smiling after her second run, Shiffrin turned to look at the timings board then put her head in her hands at the realization she had won. "I came in blind a little bit," she said. "I knew my training skiing was some of the best I was doing but I just wasn't sure. It was kind of close your eyes and go, see what happens at the end of the run. "I didn't know what to expect from the rest of the girls. I was just watching on television and wasn't sure of the pace. I could see it but it's different from being there." It was Shiffrin's first race since tearing a ligament in her right knee in December. The Olympic and world slalom champion started skiing again only two weeks ago. Shiffrin won two slaloms in Aspen, Colorado, and both by big margins, before the training mishap in Sweden. She has won her last six slaloms stretching back to last season. This was Shiffrin's 18th win on the circuit, moving her level with Tamara McKinney for the second-most wins by an American woman. She turns 21 next month. Leading after the first run, Shiffrin finished 0.45 seconds faster than Nastasia Noens of France and 0.50 ahead of Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada as several of her rivals struggled in difficult conditions. Three of the top 10 after the first run did not finish: Michelle Gisin, Petra Vlhova and Erin Mielzynski. Lila Lapanja of the United States also skied out. "That was a tough race, tough for all the girls," Shiffrin said. "Some of the girls had really bad visibility. I had OK visibility, I was struggling to see but at least I could see a bit. I'm relieved with the luck of having better visibility. "I was at the top, looking at the start and I was thinking, 'Oh it doesn't look too bad.' Then I closed my eyes for about a minute, visualizing the course, and then when I opened them again I was like, 'Hey, where did the slope go?'" World Cup slalom leader Frida Hansdotter finished sixth, 5.89 behind Shiffrin. The Swede has 545 points, 99 more than second-best Veronika Velez-Zuzulova of Slovakia, who was 10th. Shiffrin, who has won the past three titles, is 245 points behind Hansdotter. There are only two slalom races left along with a parallel event this month in Stockholm that counts in the slalom standings. "The slalom globe's out. I'm going to focus on GS a little bit now, try to see how quickly I can get back, see how many points I can get overall," Shiffrin said. Shiffrin is targeting the super G and super combined in Soldeu at the end of the month, but added, "That depends how training goes." ——— This story has corrected Shiffrin's points behind in the standings, from 219 to 245.

Shiffrin misses race after warmup fall

Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin crashed while warming up for a World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden, on Saturday and was taken to a local hospital for tests on her right knee. "She basically flipped over into the net," Shiffrin's manager Kilian Albrecht told The Associated Press as Shiffrin missed the race. "She's in the hospital waiting for the MRI which will probably take a while." The U.S. Ski Team did not immediately issue a statement on Shiffrin's status, as per team policy to await full injury details. "I fell during free skiing on the race hill and I'm waiting for an MRI this afternoon to see what's going on," Shiffrin wrote on Facebook under a picture of her sitting on a bed with a brace on her right knee. She was taken to a hospital in Ostersund, Albrecht said. The 20-year-old Shiffrin won gold in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games and also won the slalom at the last two world championships. Shiffrin also won the opening two slaloms this season in Aspen, Colorado, last month — one of them by 3.07 seconds, the largest margin of victory in World Cup history for the women's discipline. In the overall World Cup standings, Shiffrin dropped to 104 points behind fellow American Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday's race. The first run of the GS race was delayed by 15 minutes due to strong winds and shortened by 11 gates. Visibility was also a factor, with the artificial lights turned on to aid skiers. Sara Hector of Sweden, the first starter, pulled up midway through her run with an apparent knee injury and was taken down the course on a sled. "I hope both of them are OK," Vonn said. "Ski racing needs Mikaela and Sara. We can't afford to lose any more athletes so I really hope that they're both OK. We need them back at the start tomorrow." With Tina Maze taking this season off and defending overall winner Anna Fenninger out injured for the year, Shiffrin and Vonn are the top two overall contenders. Shiffrin had done well in Are previously. She won her first World Cup race there three years ago by taking a night slalom and also won two other slaloms at the Swedish resort near the Arctic Circle. A slalom is scheduled for Sunday in Are. ——— Andrew Dampf on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/asdampf