Shiffrin Slays at Aspen World Cup Slalom

The Olympic gold medalist wins by a record margin

Mikaela Shiffrin races at US Nationals 2012
Shiffrin: faster than well, pretty much everybody else on skis. PHOTO: Harry Caston.

Mikaela Shiffrin had a tumultuous weekend at Aspen’s FIS World Cup Race, coming back from a critical fall in GS to take slalom by a record-setting 3 seconds. Shiffrin didn’t just win by the largest margin in World Cup Women’s Slalom history. She also ended a decades-long drought, becoming the first American woman to win a World Cup race in Aspen since 1981.

When asked how she got her head around such a huge win, Shiffrin replied simply “I don’t.” Ever modest, she acknowledged her feat by calling out the fickle nature of her sport. “Three seconds is a lot, but…I’ve been behind by three seconds as well, so I know that I’m not safe here.” Well, we wouldn’t feel safe either with a spandex-clad pack of lady racers on our tail. Check out the interview below.

Lara Gut took first in Women’s GS, with a combined time of 2:02.51. Eva Maria Brem of Austria followed one-tenth of a second later, and Federica Brignone, of Italy, came in third. Shiffrin, of course, led women’s slalom at 1:39.81, followed by Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia (1:42.88), and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter (1:43.07).

Meanwhile in Canada, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal took first in both events at Lake Louise. He won downhill with a time of 1:47.29. Italy’s Peter Fill followed closely behind with 1:47.30, and Tahoe native Travis Ganong took third with a time of 1:47.65. Svindal won Super G with a larger margin, at 1:29.30, followed by Matthias Mayer of Austria (1:29.65) and Peter Fill (1:29.75).

The men are headed to Beaver Creek this week, while the women move up to Lake Louise. The Women’s Super G will be Shiffrin’s first time racing the event on the World Cup circuit, but frankly, we’re not worried about that. We’ll leave that to her competitors.