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Mikaela Shiffrin’s Massive 1.21-Second Win At Kronplatz Vaults Her To First In Giant Slalom Standings

By Karen Price | Jan. 15, 2019, 10:20 a.m. (ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a photo after competing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 8, 2019 in Flachau, Austria.


Mikaela Shiffrin’s 10th world cup win of the season was a decisive one.

The two-time Olympian led by an astounding 1.39 seconds after the first run in the giant slalom at Kronplatz in Italy and finished with a total time of 2:04.75 for the victory on Tuesday.

France’s Tessa Worley held onto second place, finishing 1.21 seconds behind Shiffrin, and Italy’s Marta Bassino finished in third place in 2:06.32. 

American Nina O’Brien finished 26th, giving the U.S. two in the top 30. 

Shiffrin did not reach the podium at Kronplatz in her first two tries there. She fell on her first run at the mountain last year and was fifth in 2017.

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist has already had a record-setting season with her 36th career slalom win and her 15th victory in a calendar year for 2018. The record for most wins in a season is 14, set by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider in 1988-89. 

Shiffrin, the two-time defending overall world cup champion, already had a huge lead this season and remains in first with 1,394 points; Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova is second with 898. Shiffrin’s Kronplatz win puts her in first in the giant slalom standings, having previously sat in third at just 15 points behind previous leader Federica Brignone of Italy.

Shiffrin also ranks first in the slalom and super-G standings.

She was scheduled to race the downhills in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Friday and Saturday but has chosen to skip those to avoid further fatigue from a busy schedule the past few weeks and will likely race next in the super-G on Sunday. 

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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