Mikeala Shiffrin lit up the slopes in the slalom competition today at the 2012 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park. Shiffrin, World Cup Rookie of the Year, landed in first place in the event last year earning her the title of youngest U.S. Champion in history. This year, she repeated her win.
“It was an amazing season. I hoped for podiums and top 10s in slalom this season and I’m really excited to continue skiing well in Winter Park. Hopefully I can put down some fast runs in giant slalom too. It’s always so much fun to race in Colorado and this is a great way to end great World Cup season,” Shiffrin said.
Hailey Duke, member of the Park City Ski Team, won the silver, and Kiley Staples took the bronze. Shiffrin was the top standing junior of the day ahead of Lila Lapania and Paula Moltzan.
“I raced in the ProAm yesterday with a nice group of J4/J5s and we ripped around probably five or six runs before we even raced. We actually raced pretty well too and came away with the silver. It reminded me about just having fun with skiing and I was thinking about that when I kicked out of the start today. I definitely had a smile when I went out of the start today,” Duke said.
Athletes are crossing their fingers for more beautiful weather, as the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships will continue this Thursday with the men’s slalom competition.
“The snow was a little soft today, but it actually held up really well so it was all about just sending it. I made a big mistake and just went for it,” Staples said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the week, I’m here for it all and if the weather stays perfect like this, it’s going to continue to be a lot fun ski racing.”
NBC will air the event on T.V. on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET.