Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom in Ver­mont

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mikaela Shiffrin woke up this morn­ing all ner­vous and edgy. By the end of the af­ter­noon, it was hard to won­der why.

With her 95-year-old grand­mother among the thou­sands cheer­ing her, Shrif­fin won her sixth straight World Cup slalom Sun­day af­ter build­ing a healthy lead in the first run and hold­ing off some hard charg­ers in the sec­ond.

The over­all World Cup leader had a com­bined time of 1 minute, 27.95 sec­onds. She was fol­lowed by Slo­vakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova, 0.73 sec­onds, and Switzer­land’s Wendy Hold­ener in 1:28.81.

Nor­way’s Nina Loe­seth, run­nerup in Satur­day’s gi­ant slalom, was fourth in 1:29.29 - 0.01 sec­onds ahead of Slo­vakia’s Pe­tra Vl­hova. The top five fin­ish­ers from the first run fin­ished in the same po­si­tions.

Shiffrin said she put a lot of pres­sure on her­self about rac­ing in the East. And Sun­day be­gan with a sense of dread.

“I told my­self, maybe I just should not do this,” she said, adding she did not shake the feel­ings un­til the sec­ond run. “I was worked up and re­ally ner­vous.”

But the skier who at­tended Burke Moun­tain Academy in north­ern Ver­mont had no short­age of fans be­hind her.

“Thank you so much for cheer­ing so loud,” she told those pack­ing the two grand­stands and lin­ing the bot­tom of the course.

Shiffrin spent the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day with her family, in­clud­ing her grand­mother.

“It was amaz­ing that Nana was here to watch,” said Shiffrin, thank­ing her for “the un­con­di­tional love and the in­cred­i­ble pies.” ‘‘I’ve never been prouder of do­ing any­thing than win­ning a race in front of my Nana.”

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, looks to­wards her grand­mother Polly Con­dron in the au­di­ence af­ter win­ning the women’s FIS Alpine Ski­ing World Cup slalom race Photo: AP

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