Mikaela Shiffrin fifth in Colorado
December 2, 2014
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) had a fast morning at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, winning the first run. But she overskied the second run and dropped to fifth. Nicole Hosp of Austria took the win, improving from seventh place after the first run. Shiffrin remained second in the overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup standings, and is eighth in slalom after two races.
With just a slight lead over Tina Maze after the first run, Shiffrin cited her nerves.
"I was really nervous at the start and was a little stiff on the first run," she said. "I just have to not let the nerves impede my skiing."
Although she said she wasn’t as nervous on her second run, she did remark, "I have some training to do."
Ever the student of her sport, Shiffrin took the day as another learning experience.
"Today was a big confidence builder for me, especially after the first run when I was so nervous and still had a winning run. It’s better to have the nerves now than February."
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Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) was the other story of the day, attacking from the back and grabbing 11th place in her first run. In the second run, she maintained her first-run result, finishing in 11th overall.
"I was trying to stick to my plan. I know I’m fast and I know I’m good," said Stiegler. "That was part of my problem last year: I didn’t believe in myself. I have to stop thinking so much."
Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, Minnesota) had a few bobbles in the first run before a big crash and did not finish. Hailey Duke (Boise, Idaho) missed the flip and did not qualify for the second run.
The women’s speed team heads next to Lake Louise, Canada, for downhill and super G races. The tech team does not race until Dec. 13 in Courchevel, France.
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