Shiffrin con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate W Cup slalom

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KILLINGTON:

Reign­ing Olympic cham­pion Mikaela Shiffrin cap­tured her 10th straight slalom ti­tle by win­ning the World Cup race on Sun­day at the Killington Re­sort in Ver­mont. The 21-yearold Amer­i­can clocked a com­bined time of one minute, 27.95 sec­onds to fin­ish 0.73 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slo­vakia. Swiss Wendy Hold­ener was third in 1:28.81.

“I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self,” Shiffrin said. “Know­ing that I’ve been per­form­ing so well in slalom, I re­ally had a great chance of win­ning the slalom here.”

Shiffrin has now won the last 10 World Cup slaloms she has com­peted in dat­ing back to 2015. The two-time reign­ing World Cup slalom cham­pion Shiffrin led by 0.65 sec­onds af­ter the first run on the Su­per­star Trail course.She is just two wins shy of match­ing Switzer­land’s Vreni Sch­nei­der for the women’s record of con­sec­u­tive wins for a sin­gle dis­ci­pline.

Sch­nei­der won 12 straight World Cup slaloms from 1988 to 1990. Swe­den’s Inge­mar Sten­mark won 15 con­sec­u­tive men’s World Cup gi­ant slaloms from 1978-1980.

Shiffrin can catch Sch­nei­der if she can win slalom races next month in Sestriere, Italy and Sem­mer­ing, Aus­tria.If you count her two na­tional cham­pi­onships and the 2015 world cham­pi­onship then Shiffrin has won 13 straight races she has com­peted in. Last year Shiffrin missed five slalom races with a knee in­jury. Shiffrin won the first slalom of the sea­son ear­lier this month in Levi, Fin­land and now leads the slalom stand­ings with 200 points, as well as the over­all stand­ings with 325 points.

Zuzulova had the sec­ond fastest time af­ter the first slalom run but was un­able to close the gap in the sec­ond run.

Hold­ener posted her sixth ca­reer podium fin­ish in slalom. “She [Shiffrin] is dom­i­nant and I think the other girls and I are on the right way to get closer. I think it will get thrilling this sea­son,” Hold­ener said.

The next stop for the ladies on the World Cup cir­cuit will take place in Lake Louise, Canada start­ing on Fri­day with two down­hills and a su­per-G sched­uled for the week­end.

Shiffrin’s Amer­i­can team­mate Lindsey Vonn will not com­pete in Lake Louise af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous arm in­jury dur­ing a train­ing run in Colorado. Vonn says she is hop­ing to re­turn to the World Cup in Jan­uary. —AFP

Mikaela Shiffrin

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