The U.S. Ski Team's Mikaela Shiffrin dominated the competition once again in Wednesday's slalom in Flachau, Austria. The young ski star bested her nearest opponent by .85 seconds to earn a historic third victory! Sweden's Frida Hansdotter finished second and Tanja Poutianen of Finland took third.
“My secret is to not let anything stop me,” revealed Shiffrin. “Sometimes the crowd gets into your head and all of a sudden you're nervous but instead I just let them take me to the finish.”
The latest in a series of strong performances and podium finishes puts Shiffrin in fifth place in the overall World Cup points race, and 81 points ahead in the slalom discipline. Teammates Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso did not compete in the event. Vonn is now sixth in the overall, and Mancuso is eighth.
Shiffrin faced some steep competition in the slalom event. Fortunately, the first run leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany failed to finish the second run, paving the way for the skier to take the lead. Slovenian Tina Maze who has been a dominating force on the World Cup circuit this season finished fifth.
In addition to the big point victory, and $58,500 prize purse (the largest of the season), the timing of Shiffrin's victory matched that of the legendary Annmarie Moser-Proell, who saw her third World Cup victory at 17 as well. Moser-Proell of course, went on to win a record 62 races over the course of her 11 year career. If this latest performance is any indication of what is to come, this 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year has a bright future ahead of her.
The women's World Cup now heads to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy for the upcoming downhill and super G events.