Shiffrin Wins Again in Sweden

Just three days after collecting gold in the World Championship slalom, Shiffrin is back to dominating on the World Cup.
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There was no rest for the weary Mikaela Shiffrin. Only days after nabbing her fourth successive Slalom World Champion title, Shiffrin was back in the start house on Feb. 19 as the World Cup circuit picked up again in Stockholm, Sweden for the ladies’ second City Event of the season. Despite a lingering chest cold, Shiffrin beat out Germany’s Christina Geiger in the big final to take the win.

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Women’s City Event, Stockholm

Shiffrin had to fight hard to make it into the big final. In the semifinal, the American faced newly-minted Slalom World Championship runner-up Anna Swenn Larsson, of Sweden. Shiffrin crossed the finish line only 0.01 seconds ahead of the Swede to qualify for the big final. In the small final, Swenn Larsson beat Swedish teammate Frida Hansdotter to take bronze and her second World Cup podium spot of the season.

“I felt [the pressure] the whole night,” Shiffrin said after the race. “We were able to see the times, and I knew I wasn’t the fastest one. Each run I was pretty good, but not always the fastest. I thought, ‘Oh, there might be some luck [involved].’ But each run I was consistent, and tonight that was enough. It was actually really fun. I skied as well as I could. Even if I was healthy I probably wouldn’t have been able to do better. Now I’m going to have some time to really recover.”

Thanks to this win and her healthy lead in the World Cup slalom discipline (203 points ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova), Shiffrin is guaranteed another slalom World Cup crystal globe—the sixth of her young career.

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The women’s World Cup circuit next stops in Rosa Khutor, Russia for downhill and super-G races which will take place March 2-3. Shiffrin, who currently also still leads the rankings in the super-G discipline, has yet to announce whether she will start in the Rosa Khutor events. But she will certainly compete in the next technical events in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic on March 8-9—the final races before the World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra scheduled for March 11-17. 

Men’s City Event, Stockholm

Unlike Shiffrin, Austrian Marcel Hirscher, the 2019 men’s Slalom World Champion, was not able to translate his recent slalom victory into a City Event win in Stockholm. Instead, Hirscher lost out in the quarter finals to Switzerland’s Ramon Zenhäusern, who went on to take his second City Event win at this venue by beating Sweden’s Andre Myhrer in the big final. Austria’s Marco Schwarz rounded out the podium in third after beating Switzerland’s Daniel Yule in the small final.

“I feel really sorry that I again stole this victory from Andre because I know it would be [nice] for him to win in his home country,” Zenhäusern said. “But that’s sport.”

Though Hirscher didn’t make it onto the podium of this race, he still leads the World Cup rankings in both the slalom and giant slalom disciplines. No American men started in the Stockholm City Event. See full results here

The next men’s events will take place in Kvitfjell, Norway, with downhill and super-G races taking place March 1-3.  

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