Shiffrin crushes rivals for 3rd straight slalom world title

Shiffrin crushes rivals for 3rd straight slalom world title

Darren Sullivan
February 19, 2017

A third gold medal in succession earned Mikaela Shiffrin a slice of FIS Alpine World Ski Championships history. "She had such a big lead after the first run that I knew it would be tough to top". The first run I felt like I left something on the hill but I had a chance to improve that and I'm psyched with that. "I tried to tell myself "ok, now push harder and try to ski like I used to down the whole run".

However they could only stand and watch as Shiffrin made her way down the course in 49.47 seconds to finish on 1:37.27 and take the win to add to the giant slalom silver medal claimed earlier in the week.

Shiffrin, of Eagle, Colo., finished third in the first GS run, then stepped it up for the second run, especially on the bottom of the course with her strong finishing style.

Goggia, who edged compatriot Federica Brignone to the bronze medal, produced Italy's first podium finish in the championship which continues with the men's giant slalom on Friday.

"I think about [becoming the overall World Cup champion] and it's a dream to win, but I'm not expecting to win this year", Shiffrin told the Denver Post last month.

Shiffrin's third win in the slalom equalled the record of German Christl Cranz, who completed her treble in 1939.

In Saturday's first run, Shiffrin had a comfortable lead of 0.38 seconds over the home country favorite, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

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She now stands alongside Emile Allias (four) and behind just Goitschel (seven) and Jean-Claude Killy (six) in the pantheon of French skiers with most world titles.

But the day belonged to Shiffrin, who becomes only the third American to win more than two gold medals at the World Championships, joining Ted Ligety (5) and Bode Miller (4).

"Incredible", said Worley after her victory.

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

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.

It was a lovely day to be ski racing.

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.