The U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin secured a third place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom event in Ofterschwang. Beautiful weather at the German venue was ideal for spectators, but required a great deal of course maintenance for event crew members. Shiffrin overcame softening snow conditions to earn her fifth podium of the season. Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who has already locked up the overall and giant slalom titles, took the top spot, while Swiss skier Wendy Holdener skied for second.
Shiffrin spoke after the race, saying, ”I’m happy that I got a podium today and am looking at the positives, but I definitely wanted to win. In the end I’m just trying to ski my best. I didn’t quite do that the second run, which just means I’m going to go back and look at my video and figure out what I can do better.
The teen sensation had finished the first run with a .10 lead, but Maze fired back with a virtually perfect run in the second. The victory propelled Maze past Shiffrin in the slalom title points race. Now, with only 8 points separating them, March 16th’s slalom is guaranteed to be an epic showdown.
Shiffrin spoke after the race, saying, “Yeah, it isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings, that’s a phrase we have in the U.S. (laughs). I’m really excited for Lenzerheide. I trained there a few weeks ago and it is a really awesome hill. It’s always exciting to have the very last race be important to the end. It’s nice to know that in the slalom this year there was a battle for the end and anybody could win.”