After winning back-to-back giant slaloms the past two days, the reigning Olympic slalom champion completed a trifecta Thursday with a world cup slalom victory in Semmering, Austria.
Shiffrin has now won the past seven world cup slalom races.
Shiffrin’s first run time of 50.74 seconds gave her a lead of 0.09 over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia, who began the day closest to Shiffrin in the world cup slalom standings with 210 points. It appeared Zuzulova would end Shiffrin’s win streak, as the American was 0.33 seconds off the pace at the second interval.
“Every gate I thought I was giving it away,” Shiffrin said, “but I started to fight. It feels really good.”
Sensing that the win could elude her, Shiffrin found magic on the bottom third to win by 0.64 seconds with a total time of 1:40.06. She appeared shocked and a bit embarrassed when she turned to look at the scoreboard in the finish area, covering a stunned smile with her gloved right hand.
“Today was harder,” she said of the three wins on consecutive days. “I was just tired, sick, but it was amazing.”
Now four-for-four to start the 2017 season, Shiffrin stands atop the slalom world cup standings with 400 points, well ahead of Zuzulova’s 290. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland took third Thursday to maintain that position in the standings with 260 points. Shiffrin also added to her overall lead, pushing her total to 798 points, well ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who managed only three points Thursday to move her total to 586.