Mikaela Shiffrin landed her first victory in an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup taking a slalom win under the lights in Are, Sweden. The 17-year-old from Eagle-Vail, CO came back from a .15 deficit to ski a perfect second run and post a .29 second win over Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.
“My only focus is just to ski my best every day.” Said Mikaela
“I’ll be happy with a World Championship medal or a 15th place, as long as I’m skiing my best.”
She is the third youngest American to win an alpine World Cup right behind Kiki Cutter and Judy Nagel. “I met Mikaela last summer and she is indeed a great kid with a wonderful ski future in front of her.” Said Kiki Cutter (youngest American to win World Cup when she won Oslo slalom in 1968 – the first World Cup win ever by an American). “I am sure that we are going to see many more victories from Mikaela.”
The win has boosted her into the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom lead by 22 over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. She is 11th overall. She will be back for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Semmering, Austria, for a giant slalom and slalom December 28-29.
Universal Sports TV will re-air the Are slalom at 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday evening.