17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin has made her mark on the slopes with her third place finish in the Moscow City Event, boosting her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom lead to 33 points above top competitor Tina Maze of Slovenia. Marcel Hirscher of Austria secured the men’s victory, keeping his World Cup overall lead in addition to his slalom lead. Lena Duerr of Germany captured her first World Cup win with her women’s victory.
“It’s always tough because you’re aware that someone is right next to you – you’re wondering if you’re ahead or if you’re behind – wondering where they are and hoping you’re in the lead,” said Shiffrin. “Kirchgasser was really tough but I knew that she was going to be good. Lena Duerr was really fun to race, she just
came up and started ripping and she took that to the win.”
Look out for the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships opening on Feb. 4 in Schladming, Austria.