Mikaela Shiffrin wins third world slalom gold

Mikaela Shiffrin of the US arrives in the finish area after the second run of the women's Giant Slalom race at the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz Switzerland Thursday Feb. 16 2017
Mikaela Shiffrin wins third world slalom gold

19 February, 2017

If she continues to hold the lead through the rest of the season, Shiffrin would become only the third USA female racer to win the overall World Cup title.

Shiffrin finished the second run in characteristic explosive fashion, gaining more than a half second from the third split to the finish.

"It happened nearly as ideal as it could have", Shiffrin said.

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 16, 2017) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday, finishing second on a sun-soaked course at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

"When I first started on the World Cup tour, I saw this group of people (with a sign) and it said "Mikaela Shiffrin Fanclub" and I was like 'who's that?' I went home and asked my parents is somebody paying these guys to hold up that sign?" Shiffrin's time of 1:05.89 was 0.34 seconds behind victor Tessa Worley of France.

Should Shiffrin win, she would become the seventh skier to have managed to win an individual event at three consecutive world championships after Cranz (twice), France's Marielle Goitschel, Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark, Switzerland's Erika Hess, Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt and fellow American Ted Ligety.

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She also took the slalom gold in Schaldming in 2013 and in Beaver Creek two years ago.

"After winning two World Championships, an Olympic gold and a bunch of World Cups. not winning makes me feel like I've done something wrong".

"To be honest, I don't really know what that means yet", Shiffrin said in the medalists media conference of her historic three-peat.

"I made a few small mistakes in the second run, so when I heard the speaker say I had the lead I was surprised", said Holdener. "She had such a big lead after the first run that I knew it would be tough to top". "It's just the fact: I think I can".

Shiffrin's victory also gave the United States its first world title at St. Moritz in the 10th of 11 medal events. "That was the way I imagined myself skiing the course".

The second leg, scheduled for 1200 GMT, will be set by Shiffrin's personal coach, Mike Day, chosen in a random draw of all coaches, but potentially offering an edge to the American ahead of what would be a famous victory. "Whenever I am at (ski) world championships, she is winning".

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