Candian Anna Goodman snags U.S. slalom title, as Shiffrin straddles


At the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley on Sunday, Mikaela Shiffrin demonstrated just how unreliable slalom racing can be.

The 2013 slalom World Champion and crystal globe winner held a 1.22-second lead after the first run. One would suspect Shiffrin would simply have to finish the second run to ski away with her third consecutive national title in the discipline — but finishing was a problem, as the 18-year-old straddled a gate halfway through her second run.

“I straddled,” said Shiffrin. “I just caught a little bit of a weird groove and pressured on the wrong spot and my ski went on the other side. It happens. … Everyone is going for it out there and it’s a great competition and a great way to end the season.”

Snatching up the win was this year’s NorAm slalom champion Anna Goodman, of Canada, who had retired from the World Cup and skied for Westminster this season. On a whim, she raced in Ofterschwang just before the World Cup Finals and finished 15th, winning the second run. Now, she’s expecting to make a comeback to World Cup racing in an attempt to qualify for the Olympics in Sochi.

“The first run, conditions were amazing. It was icy and perfect basically,” said Goodman. “The second run, it was a bit softer, but it was never bad the whole week. … I already planned to do World Cup next year, so I’ll just train a bit harder probably this summer and coach a lot and make another World Cup comeback next year.”

Goodman finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 45.94 seconds.

“For me, I was on the Canadian team for nine years, and I was just at the point where I needed to make a change,” Goodman said. “I kind of got stuck in a rut. Taking a step back and coaching really made me feel re-inspired and just more rested, too. … I think I’m skiing at my best, maybe I’ve skied this way before, but I’m definitely performing my best.”

Finishing second, Resi Stiegler, who battled back from another injury this season to earn a top-10 result in Zagreb, was leading American on the day.

“I’m so bummed. I didn’t think Mikaela was going to make a mistake,” said Stiegler. “So I was excited to come down in the top three, then I was a little bummed that I didn’t nick Anna at least, but it’s fun it was good group of girls and we have a really good time together.”

Stiegler finished with a combined time of 1:46.38, less than half a second behind Goodman.

“I’m really happy with how my season went off of the injury last year,” said Stiegler. “I just have to stay really positive because it wasn’t obviously the season that I wanted, but from an injury it was really good. It’s a good building block into next year because that’s the most important year.”

With a combined time of 1:48.10, Tonje Sekse of Norway rounded out the podium in a distant third place.

Story by Geoff Mintz
Photos by Susie Theis

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  7  106633 GOODMAN Anna  1986  CAN   51.17  54.77  1:45.94  8.00
 2  3  537772 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA   51.30  55.08  1:46.38  10.58
 3  5  425918 SEKSE Tonje  1992  NOR   52.47  55.63  1:48.10  20.64
 4  10  538514 HARTMAN Katie  1988  USA   53.57  55.62  1:49.19  27.02
 5  11  107269 CARROLL Tianda  1993  CAN   53.24  56.76  1:50.00  31.76
 6  14  539360 DUNLEAVY Avril  1992  USA   53.03  57.10  1:50.13  32.52
 7  15  539927 LAPANJA Lila  1994  USA   53.50  56.70  1:50.20  32.93
 8  36  107282 FARROW Katie  1993  CAN   54.90  57.26  1:52.16  44.40
 9  8  538470 CONE Lindsay  1988  USA   55.60  57.35  1:52.95  49.03
 10  9  539909 MOLTZAN Paula  1994  USA   56.82  56.30  1:53.12  50.02
 11  32  539700 WHISTLER Paige  1993  USA   56.31  57.22  1:53.53  52.42
 12  24  107518 BARTLETT Caroline  1995  CAN   55.34  58.41  1:53.75  53.71
 13  13  539660 KIKUT Sara  1993  USA   55.61  58.15  1:53.76  53.77
 14  20  539893 ANDERSON Nicole  1994  USA   55.80  58.11  1:53.91  54.64
 15  2  565369 KOBAL Ana  1991  SLO   52.89  1:01.03  1:53.92  54.70
 16  26  539404 SAMUELS Lauren  1992  USA   56.15  58.16  1:54.31  56.98
 17  23  539853 KLEIN Morgan  1993  USA   56.35  58.09  1:54.44  57.75
 18  30  539356 CASTON Rose  1992  USA   56.89  57.84  1:54.73  59.44
 19  29  6535249 MOUNSEY Anna  1995  USA   56.92  58.99  1:55.91  66.35
 20  53  6535351 LUPEAR Vreni  1995  USA   57.56  58.92  1:56.48  69.68
 21  54  539932 IRWIN Katharine  1994  USA   56.89  1:00.15  1:57.04  72.96
 22  58  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy  1996  USA   58.16  1:01.20  1:59.36  86.54
 23  46  6535043 ZELIFF Caite  1994  USA   58.65  1:00.95  1:59.60  87.94
 24  52  107290 GIBSON Kaitlyn  1993  CAN   58.43  1:01.54  1:59.97  90.11
 25  62  6535531 MILLER Kyla  1996  USA   1:00.54  1:00.86  2:01.40  98.48
 26  65  6535163 CALCAGNI Lexi  1995  USA   1:00.62  1:00.91  2:01.53  99.24
 27  67  539939 HOSTETLER Katie  1994  USA   1:00.38  1:01.41  2:01.79  100.76
 28  1  539379 KISTLER Lizzie  1992  USA   52.95  1:09.07  2:02.02  102.11
 29  63  6535248 BAYSINGER Linnea  1995  USA   59.71  1:02.53  2:02.24  103.39
 30  55  6535030 SHEELY Miranda  1994  USA   1:00.48  1:03.13  2:03.61  111.41
 31  59  6535158 BJORKMAN Julia  1995  USA   1:01.63  1:02.54  2:04.17  114.69
 32  44  6535485 REINHART Jessica  1996  USA   1:02.09  1:02.24  2:04.33  115.63
 33  16  107217 KNOWLES Natalie  1992  CAN   54.85  1:09.51  2:04.36  115.80
 34  66  6535131 LARSEN Dayna  1994  USA   1:01.90  1:03.46  2:05.36  121.65
 35  64  539964 HARTMAN Ellie  1994  USA   1:03.61  1:03.23  2:06.84  130.31
 36  60  107377 BOISVERT Tannis  1994  CAN   1:06.04  1:01.03  2:07.07  131.66
 37  28  6535204 LATHROP Brittany  1995  USA   1:11.67  58.28  2:09.95  148.52
 38  49  539902 VOLK Jocelyn  1994  USA   1:00.34  1:13.75  2:14.09  172.74
Disqualified 2nd run
   22  539536 WILES Jacqueline  1992  USA         
Disqualified 1st run
   33  539925 REILLY Amanda  1994  USA         
Did not start 1st run
   40  539898 ANDREWS Lena  1994  USA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   56  6535193 HUNSAKER Hannah  1995  USA         
   50  539887 MURPHY Morganne  1994  USA         
   38  6535086 GIBSON Libby  1994  USA         
   37  539899 SCHROER Lisa  1994  USA         
   17  107583 REMME Roni  1996  CAN         
   12  535473 LONZA Geordie  1989  USA         
   6  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA         
   4  538284 MCJAMES Megan  1987  USA         
Did not finish 1st run
   61  539929 HUME Audrey  1994  USA         
   57  539911 SCHWEITZER Jordan  1994  USA         
   51  6535185 GREENE Katy  1995  USA         
   48  6535467 MARZARIO Montana  1996  USA         
   47  107178 LAMOUREUX Emilie  1992  CAN         
   45  539981 FRANKENBURG Sophia  1994  USA         
   43  538841 DUPRATT Jaime  1990  USA         
   42  539974 HUSSON Emily  1994  USA         
   41  6535363 CHENOWETH Kelsey  1995  USA         
   39  6535250 KOPRUCKI Elizabeth  1995  USA         
   35  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA         
   34  107522 DENIS Darquise  1995  CAN         
   31  539484 MCVICKER Victoria  1992  USA         
   27  107401 HEMPHILL Mary Beth  1994  CAN         
   25  385052 PALIC Tea  1991  CRO         
   21  107327 LAMOUREUX Katerine  1993  CAN         
   19  539363 GHENT Abby  1992  USA         
   18  539678 PETERSON Foreste  1993  USA         

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