17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin your 2013 slalom World Champion


SCHLADMING, Austria — If Mikaela Shiffrin had butterflies kicking out of her first World Championships slalom, she certainly didn’t show it on the race hill in Schladming Saturday.

The 17-year-old became the third youngest World Championship ladies’ slalom gold medalist in history, executing a superior all-around slalom performance against the world’s best. She became the first American woman to win the slalom in either a World Championships or Olympics since Barbara Cochran in 1972.

Shiffrin, third after the first run, crossed the finish line and was overwhelmed by the moment.

“I was thinking so many things, and I just can’t even remember it,” she said. “It was one of those things when everything was a blur, and that’s how you know it was good.”

Shiffrin said she was so nervous before her run, she couldn’t feel her legs. Apparently, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“I just tried to find my legs. They popped up out of nowhere. I was in the starting gate and I was like, ‘OK, there they are! You can go now!’”

It wasn’t a very challenging second-run course set by the Swedes — straight, flat in parts, not necessarily a tough test for these ladies. Earlier in the week, the women raced their GS championship on the men’s course, which is much steeper, but the FIS opted for the more subdued slope for today’s slalom.

In Shiffrin’s second run, the early turns out of the gate were superb. She was even on Kirchgasser’s pace at the first split (but ahead in the combined time), then after a slight mid-run lull, charged the lower half of the course to take a 0.22-second advantage.

It all came down to the final effort of first-run leader Frida Hansdotter, who ran last and held a slight advantage over Shiffrin at every split — until the finish. The Swede wound up third in the end.

For Kirchgasser, it was an emotional final performance before the passionate host-nation fans, as she charged the second run to secure a silver medal in this final women’s event of the Championships.

American Resi Stiegler, who fought back from a devastating kneed injury at the end of last season, was off her game in the first run, but thrilled with her performance in the second, which bumped her up from 27 to 22 on the day.

“I’ve been coming back from some injuries and finally putting some stuff together in training and a couple races before this,” said Stiegler. “So I really wanted to charge it. First run didn’t happen. … Second run, I knew I had nothing to lose. I should go all out. I did that, and it was good run for me. Now, I just hope I can take that into the next races and keep it going through next year.”

Story by Geoff Mintz
Photos by GEPA

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Championship slalom, Schladming, Austria, Feb 16, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
4 Poutiainen, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
6 Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Velez-Zuzulova, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
8 Zahrobska, Head/Head/Head
9 Schild, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Women’s World Championship slalom, Schladming, Austria, Feb 16, 2013
. … It is the ninth of ten events (plus the team event) and the final race for women. … It is the 65th World Championship slalom (not including Olympic races), the 33rd for women. … Marlies Schild is the defending champion. … The last American woman to win a World slalom title was Barbara Cochran with the ’72 Olympic gold in Sapporo.

It is the first World Championship medal for Mikaela Shiffrin and her second race, the first also at Schladming. … She is the youngest to win a World Championship since Diann Roffe won the GS crown in 1985 and the first American woman to win a World slalom title since Barbara Cochran in 1972. … It is her fourth victory of the season, all of them coming in slalom.

It is the first World Championship medal for Michaela Kirchgasser, though she has been fourth twice, in GS at Are (2007) and in combined here. … It is her second podium finish of the season, the previous coming in the city event at Munich Jan.  1.

It is the first World Championship medal for Frida Hansdotter. … She was fifth in the GS at this event. … It is her fifth podium result of the season all coming in slalom and the rest at second place finishes.

It is the second best of four World Championship finishes for Marie-Michele Gagnon. … She matches her seventh best result of the season. …  It is the second World Championship result for Erin Mielzynski. … She finished one placing better in the same event at Garmisch (2011). … It is her sixth best result of the season. … It is the eighth best of nine World Championship results for Resi Stiegler.
her second best finish of the season. … It is the first career World Championship result for Elli Terwiel. … her fourth finish of the season. … It is the first career World Championship result for Brittany Phelan. … Her eighth result of the season.

Medal count
AUT – 6 – (gold, silver, silver, bronze, bronze, bronze)
USA – 5 – (gold, gold, gold, gold, bronze)
FRA – 4 – (gold, gold, silver, bronze)
SLO – 3 – (gold, silver, silver)
GER – 3 – (gold, bronze, bronze)
ITA – 3 – (silver, silver, bronze)
NOR – 2 – (gold, bronze)
SWE – 2 – (silver, bronze)
CRO – 1 – (silver)
SUI – 1 – (silver)

Results
Schladming (AUT)
FIS World Ski Championships
Ladies’ Slalom

Rank    Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time
 1 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA   50.59  49.26  1:39.85
 2 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   50.96  49.11  1:40.07
 3 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE   50.41  49.70  1:40.11
 4 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   50.58  49.88  1:40.46
 5 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   50.88  49.73  1:40.61
 6 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   51.92  48.99  1:40.91
 7 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK   51.21  49.97  1:41.18
 8 ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE   51.87  49.35  1:41.22
 9 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   51.84  49.59  1:41.43
 10 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   51.91  49.61  1:41.52
 11 HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI   52.00  49.62  1:41.62
 12 SCHILD Bernadette  1990  AUT   52.46  49.20  1:41.66
 13 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   51.80  49.90  1:41.70
 14 COSTAZZA Chiara  1984  ITA   52.42  49.33  1:41.75
 15 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT   51.82  50.08  1:41.90
 16 EKLUND Nathalie  1992  SWE   52.25  49.83  1:42.08
 17 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN   52.42  49.82  1:42.24
 18 MOUGEL Laurie  1988  FRA   52.59  49.72  1:42.31
 19 NOENS Nastasia  1988  FRA   53.01  49.65  1:42.66
 20 AUBERT Sandrine  1982  FRA   52.92  49.76  1:42.68
 21 DUERR Lena  1991  GER   52.42  50.50  1:42.92
 22 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA   53.44  49.60  1:43.04
 23 SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE   52.30  50.78  1:43.08
 24 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA   53.07  50.29  1:43.36
 25 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   53.43  50.36  1:43.79
 26 GISIN Michelle  1993  SUI   53.86  50.35  1:44.21
 27 LAVTAR Katarina  1988  SLO   53.76  50.83  1:44.59
 28 TERWIEL Elli  1989  CAN   53.93  51.13  1:45.06
 29 NIGG Marina  1984  LIE   53.97  51.86  1:45.83
 30 PHELAN Brittany  1991  CAN   54.46  51.68  1:46.14
 31 BUCIK Ana  1993  SLO   54.23  52.02  1:46.25
 32 GANTNEROVA Jana  1989  SVK   54.52  51.95  1:46.47
 33 ASTAPENKO Daria  1994  RUS   54.48  52.00  1:46.48
 34 IGNJATOVIC Nevena  1990  SRB   54.62  52.34  1:46.96
 35 DUBOVSKA Martina  1992  CZE   55.34  52.05  1:47.39
 36 GASIENICA DANIEL Agnieszka  1987  POL   55.48  52.19  1:47.67
 37 HOSHI Mizue  1985  JPN   55.07  52.85  1:47.92
 38 NOVOSELIC Sofija  1990  CRO   55.70  52.70  1:48.40
 39 KLUS Aleksandra  1986  POL   55.84  53.29  1:49.13
 40 ALOPINA Ksenia  1992  RUS   55.62  53.92  1:49.54
 41 KURFUERSTOVA Eva  1977  CZE   55.63  54.07  1:49.70
 42 LUKACOVA Barbora  1990  SVK   57.03  54.64  1:51.67
 43 MISAK Iva  1993  CRO   57.12  54.70  1:51.82
 44 KIYOSAWA Emiko  1983  JPN   54.85  57.15  1:52.00
 45 SMALL Greta  1995  AUS   56.96  55.37  1:52.33
 46 KIRKOVA Maria  1986  BUL   57.32  55.44  1:52.76
 47 KOMSIC Andrea  1996  CRO   58.12  55.04  1:53.16
 48 FRICK Joana  1993  LIE   58.49  54.86  1:53.35
 49 GASUNA Lelde  1990  LAT   57.86  56.05  1:53.91
 50 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG   58.15  55.79  1:53.94
 51 FERK Matea  1987  CRO   58.01  55.95  1:53.96
 52 GUDMUNDSDOTTIR Maria  1993  ISL   58.21  56.25  1:54.46
 53 BANCORA Salome  1993  ARG   58.99  56.01  1:55.00
 54 MILLER-BROWN Harriet  1991  NZL   57.87  57.49  1:55.36
 55 VILHJALMSDOTTIR Helga Maria  1995  ISL   58.63  56.77  1:55.40

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