Mikaela Shiffrin Gold In Women’s Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 21, 2014 10:20 am

Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) taking home the gold in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games Women’s Slalom! Mikaela is the youngest woman to ever win a slalom Olympic event at just 18 years old. The World Champion capped off the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games for the women’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team with two stunning performances, giving her the first U.S. slalom victory since Phil Mahre in 1984. Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria skied to silver and bronze. The historic event airs Friday night on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be replayed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com. Next up, Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) guns for a second medal in the men’s slalom Saturday at Rosa Khutor.

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Mikaela representing Team USA with the American flag! / Photo: @usskiteam

“I wish I could have an American flag on my back in every World Cup, because that’s a really cool feeling to hold that and know that you’re representing not only yourself or your family or your team but your entire country” Mikaela stated, “I owe this to so many people and I’m really glad that I could share it with them. Really, it’s not just me up here, it’s the entire U.S. I’ve seen all the tweets and all of the support and all of the critics, the doubters or whoever that don’t want to see me do it or don’t know if I can; every single one of them has pushed me to this point and I owe this to them as well”.

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Mikaela solidified her top spot with in run 2 with a final time of 1.44.54 to take the gold! / Photo: NBC Olympics 

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The Women’s Slalom Olympic 2014 podium with Mikaela winning gold, Austria’s Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel with silver and bronze. / Photo: NBC Olympics 

Mikaela continues, “Today was one of the most special days of my life. These two (Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel) are my greatest idols. I modeled myself after them. To be in this moment with them, to share it with my family and friends, my team and my coaches, and everyone who has been in my past and will be in my future, it’s just very special”.

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USA’s Mikaela and Austria’s Marlies and Kathrin smile for the camera before the podium flower ceremony / Photo: FIS Alpine World Cup Tour @fisalpine 

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Women’s Slalom Olympic podium / Photo: NBC Olympics 

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Mikaela cutting deep around a Rosa Khutor Olympic gate /  Photo: NBC Olympics 

 

Alpine Skiing Ladies’ Slalom
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Run 1
Run 2
Total
Difference
Gold
United StatesMikaela Shiffrin
52.62
51.92
1:44.54
-
Silver
AustriaMarlies Schild
53.96
51.11
1:45.07
+0.53
Bronze
AustriaKathrin Zettel
54.00
51.35
1:45.35
+0.81
4
GermanyMaria Höfl-Riesch
53.11
52.62
1:45.73
+1.19
5
SwedenFrida Hansdotter
54.05
51.85
1:45.90
+1.36

 

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