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Mikaela Shiffrins Quest For 8 Straight Slalom Wins Falls Short With Runner-Up Finish In Flachau

By Karen Price | Jan. 08, 2019, 4:12 p.m. (ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin skis at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on Jan. 8, 2019 in Flachau Austria. 


Mikaela Shiffrin just missed out on becoming the Snow Space Salzburg Princess for the fourth time when she dropped to second place in the final run of the women’s world cup slalom race on Tuesday night in Flachau, Austria.

Racing under the lights in front of more than 15,000 fans, Shiffrin had the fastest time of the first run on the course named for Austrian legend Hermann Maier, clocking in at 56.14 seconds. Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson finished second, .27 seconds behind Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic slalom champion and three-time reigning world champion.

But on the second run it was Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, with whom Shiffrin has done battle a number of times already this season, who put down a time of 56.40 seconds for a combined time of 1:52.85 that bumped her from third to first place.

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Shiffrin skied her second run in 56.86 for a combined time of 1:53.00, or 0.15 seconds behind Vlhova. 

The second-place finish ended Shiffrin’s slalom winning streak at seven. One more and she would have tied Vreni Schneider (1988-1989) and Janica Kostelic (2000-2001) for the women’s record for most world cup slalom wins in a row. 

Shiffrin won the title at Flachau in 2013, 2014 and 2018. The two-time defending overall world cup champ, Shiffrin maintains a commanding lead over Vlhova in this season’s standings.

Up-and-comer Paula Moltzan, of the University of Vermont, finished in 12th place for the best world cup result of her career. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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