Mikaela Shiffrin dominates Aspen
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
After dominating the field in Saturday’s slalom by over three seconds, Shiffrin showed that she wasn’t letting off the gas. On the first run, she came through the lights 1.99 seconds ahead of the next fastest female, and would eventually win the run by 1.69 seconds. She came out attacking on the second run and bobbled on the second gate, before calming down and ripping to the bottom. She took the win by 2.65 seconds and her teammates Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, Minnesota), Katie Ryan (Aspen, Colorado) and Resi Stielger (Jackson, Wyoming) hoisted her on their shoulders to celebrate.
"It was really exciting. I had three great races, really," said Shiffrin. "The GS was disappointing, but still a great race. And today was awesome; yesterday was awesome. I’m walking away from my U.S. part of the World Cup tour very happy this year."
Stiegler also had a fantastic day, skiing into the top 10 for the first time since a ninth-place finish in Zagreb in 2013 — a race that Shiffrin also won. Stiegler’s 10th-place finish solidified her comeback, showing her hard work after a knee injury paid off.
"It was cool to get in the gate and be that strong and solid," said Stiegler after her run.
Saturday’s win was the first time since 1981 that an American woman won in Aspen, when Tamara McKinney was victorious in a giant slalom. Thirty-four years, eight months and 20 days later, Shiffrin broke the slump. One day after that, Shiffrin won again. With Shiffrin’s victory and Resi Stiegler’s top-10 and top-15 results from the 2015 Aspen Winternational, the Americans are looking sharp for Aspen’s World Cup Finals in 2017.
Paula Moltzan and Lila Lapanja (Alpine Village, Nevada) raced the first run but did not qualify for the second. Still, Lapanja was excited to finish her first World Cup.
"I’m ready to keep racing World Cups," said Lapanja. "This lights a fire in me."
Shiffrin will now pack up and head to Lake Louise to race super G with the speed team, while the rest of the tech team heads to Are, Sweden.
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