The teenage skiing phenomenon Mikaela Shiffrin proved herself once again as she came from behind to take the gold in slalom at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Shiffrin went into the second run in third place, but skied aggressively to finish with a .18 second lead in front of a sold out stadium of over 30,000 attendies. Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser took silver while Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter took bronze.
“I thought, ‘I hope it holds.’,” said Shiffrin. “I was thinking so many things. it was one of those times when everything was a blur and that’s when you know it’s good.”
Shiffrin is now the third youngest women to win the slalom World Championships. The victory also marks the fifth medal for the US Ski Team and fourth gold. Ted Ligety captured super G, super combined and giant slalom gold. Julia Mancuso snagged a bronze in the super G on opening day.