Mikaela Shiffrin podiums in Austria
January 2, 2015
KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria — Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) stood on the podium for the first time since her win in Soelden, Austria. Shiffrin won the first run at Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom, but battled rough conditions and poor visibility to take third place overall. Sara Hector of Sweden won her first World Cup, and Austria’s Anna Fenninger was second.
After a brief holiday break, the women were back in action in Kuehtai in Tirol, Austria — a venue switch from Semmering due to snow conditions. With a straight-set second run, the course resembled a super G more than a giant slalom, not Shiffrin’s specialty. She held back a little on the run, missing first place by .18 seconds.
"The leader spot sometimes makes me nervous, especially with all of the racers so close," said Shiffrin after her first run. "Today I’m trying to have fun and not think about winning."
Although she didn’t take the victory, Shiffrin was still excited to be on the podium, standing with a big smile next to the other girls in the finish.
Megan McJames (Park City), the only other U.S. woman starter, did not qualify for a second run.
The tech women break until Jan. 4, when they head to Zagreb, Croatia.