Mikeaela Shiffrin led the U.S. Women's Ski Team today in Friday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom on the slopes of Semmering, Austria. The young skier achieved the best Giant Slalom finish of her career with an 8th place finish. Already known as notoriously bumpy course, the Semmering course was plagued with high winds and a dense fog, further upping the challenge level. The day was won by Austria's Anna Fenninger who narrowly bested Slovenian Tina Maze with a 1.1 second margin. American skier Julia Mancuso finished in 25th, and Lindsey Vonn continues her efforts to regain her strength here in the states.
After the race, Shiffrin spoke about competing after being sick earlier in the week, saying, “That felt better. I had some energy that run. I mean, my energy level has been okay, or maybe I’m just telling myself it’s okay—mind over matter. Last night I actually had the best night of sleep that I’ve had in a long time, so hopefully tonight I get a good night of sleep and come out tomorrow and have some fun.”
Today's career best giant slalom finish propels Shiffrin to 10th in the World Cup overall standings. She also leads in the World Cup slalom standings.
Julia Mancuso discussed the conditions at the challenging Austrian mountain, saying, “It was actually pretty good considering how warm it is. There’s one tricky turn up there that’s catching most peopl
e. It’s a little bumpy and there’s a dish at the gate, but it wasn’t too bad. There was just a bump and you couldn’t see the holes really, but that’s what happens.”
Saturday's slalom event will mark the one year anniversary of Shiffrin's first World Cup podium. It's going to be exciting to see what she'll accomplish next!