Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom in Vermont
KILLINGTON, Vt. — Mikaela Shiffrin won her fifth straight World Cup slalom Sunday after building a healthy lead in the first run at Killington.
The overall World Cup leader finished in a combined 1 minute, 27.95 seconds. Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was 0.73 seconds behind, and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener was third in 1:28.81.
Norway’s Nina Loeseth, runner-up in Saturday’s giant slalom, was fourth in 1:29.29. She was 0.01 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova. The top five first-run skiers finished in the same position.
Shiffrin also won the first slalom of the World Cup season in Finland. With a first in slalom and fifth in giant slalom at Killington, the American extended her World Cup lead. She has 325 points to 168 for runner-up Wendy Holdener.
Shiffrin attended Burke Mountain Academy in northern Vermont and was the clear crowd favorite. This weekend’s World Cup races are the first for Killington and the first in 38 years in Vermont.
Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.