Mikaela Shiffrin wins GS title
In the final day of action at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday.
"The first GS win in a long time," said Shiffrin, who also took the GS title in 2013 at Squaw Valley. "A win is a win, but to be honest, it’s nice to make it to the finish in a GS race."
And though light snow was falling and the sun was not shining, Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyoming) brought the sparkle and sunshine, ahead of Shiffrin by two hundredths of a second on the second run, finishing second overall and flashing a big smile and cheering in the finish with season-ending glee. After the race, slalom specialist Stiegler joked that she had three podiums this season and they were all in GS.
"The only podiums I had this year were in GS, so I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should be doing more of that!" Stiegler said with a giggle.
Overall NorAm champion Megan McJames (Park City), continued her strong season-ending results with a third-place finish on the day, while another highlight came from 37-year-old former U.S. Ski Team member Sarah Schleper, who now skis for Team Mexico. Schleper hammered both runs and laid down some ultra-fast skiing, finishing fourth overall and tying with Shiffrin on the second run.
Keep an eye on juniors Nellie Rose Talbot (Vail, Colorado) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Massachusetts), who also had some impressive second run times — right in there with the best in the nation.
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