Shiffrin Struggles, Finishes Fourth in World Cup Slalom Race Yesterday

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 30, 2012 7:24 pm

Mikaela Shiffrin

Teen phenom Mikaela Shiffrin dropped to fourth following the opening run, as she was striving for back-to-back Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom wins, but all went for naught when she hooked an edge and eventually straddled in the night final. The door was then left wide open for veteran Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Sl

ovakia to snag the first victory of her 12 year World Cup career as well as the first win for Slovakia. Austrian Kathrin Zettel produced a blazing final run to finish second ahead of overall and now slalom leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.

When asked about Shiffrin's less than stellar finish, Technical Head Coach Roland Pfeifer said, “It was unexpected that she [Shiffrin] would be in the backseat when exiting a flush. She usually doesn't do it. It happens. She has a little cold, so now she needs to calm down a little bit and get healthy again.”

The World Cup tour resumes New Years Day with a men's and women's parallel slalom city event in Munich, Germany. Slalom and overall points will be awarded.