Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates at FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on March 8, 2019 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.
Mikaela Shiffrin returned to where her world cup career first began on Friday and came away with a third-place finish in giant slalom as the racing season nears its conclusion.
The three-time Olympic medalist just missed out on the chance to lock down her first crystal globe in the event and will have to wait another week to add that title to her illustrious collection.
Shiffrin made her world cup debut at Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic eight years ago as a 15-year-old newcomer. She went into Friday’s race having just secured her third overall crystal globe and had the chance to win her first globe in giant slalom if she led the standings by more than 100 points at the conclusion of the race. She led Tessa Worley by 81 points going into the day.
The 23-year-old Shiffrin, who has already won a record-tying 14 world cup races this season, took a few races off following the world championships in order to get healthy and well-rested for the final competitions of the season, and following her first run on Friday she was in fourth place with a time of 1:13.92.
Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova was in first following the first run,and that’s where she remained at the end, with a combined time of 2:24.69. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg finished second. Shiffrin bettered her first-run time by finishing in 1:11.37 for a combined time of 2:25.29, and while that was enough to bump her into the third spot on the podium it wasn’t quite enough to push her over the point total she needed for the globe. She currently has 515 points to lead Vlhova by 97, while Worley sits in third with 410 points.
In addition to her three overall globes, Shiffrin also holds six in slalom.
The final giant slalom race of the season will come next week in Soldeu, Andorra.