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Marlies Schild makes history in Lienz (GEPA/Felix Roittner)

Marlies Schild makes history in Lienz (GEPA/Felix Roittner)

LIENZ, Austria — Second sure isn’t bad for American Mikaela Shiffrin who secured her first of 12 World Cup podiums exactly two years ago to the day and also got to finish as runner-up to one of her all-time idols, Marlies Schild, in slalom on Sunday (Dec. 29).

“I’m just trying to ski my best, and I know that my best skiing is good enough to win or at least be on the podium. I really do love Lienz, it’s amazing here. (It) was my first World Cup podium, and now I’ve been second and third here, so it’s really wonderful to have been on the podium every time I’ve skied here. It’s a great slope,” said Shiffrin. “I always want to win, but (Marlies) skied better. She’s still one of my idols, and she inspires people. As long as I’m on the podium with her, I’m happy.”

Although Shiffrin was leading after first run, Schild produced exactly the kind of second run that has enabled her to become most winning female slalom skier in the history of the World Cup. With her 35th victory, Schild passed Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, with whom she previously shared the record for most slalom wins until today.

Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch was pleased with her podium result in third, as the finish keeps her in the hunt for the overall.

Fog rolled in and out all day, and light rainfall affected racers at different times. The course held up well through the end of first run with just a small groove, and despite the rain later running athletes were still able to punch into the flip like France’s Marion Bertrand who made a move from bib 63 and her teammate Anne-Sophie Barthet who also qualified from the 52nd start position to finish the race in 10th.

“The visibility was actually better than I thought it would be,” said Canadian Brittany Phelan. “I was watching the TV and the camera had plastic over it, so it looked worse than it was on course. I could see fine. The gates are so close in slalom that it was no big deal.”

Phelan scored the second best slalom result of her career, just one spot back from a 10th-place finish last season in Zagreb, Croatia. With two top-12 results, Phelan has now officially met the criteria for Olympic qualification on the Canadian team.

“It took me a while to get into it on top. I kind of thought going into the last pitch, ‘Well, you’re fit so you should be ok,’ so I knew I had to go for it on the bottom,” remarked Phelan. At each run nearly a minute in length, the piste in Lienz is one of the longest slalom courses for the women’s World Cup tour.

Phelan’s teammate Marie-Michele ‘Mitch’ Gagnon was also one spot shy of her career-best result in slalom, a third-place finish in Are in 2012. Gagnon has been a podium threat in GS, super-G and slalom all season, but she has come up short on each occasion. Her fourth in Lienz is her sixth top-10 this winter as well as her fourth top-6.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Resi Stiegler felt very much at home in her father’s village of Lienz, where she recorded her best result since a top-10 finish in Zagreb last season.

“We don’t get to race at home often. I consider Beaver Creek kind of like home because it’s our training space. Here in Lienz I get to stay at my own house, cook my own food. The town is so amazing, (the crowd) has always been amazing to me. So it’s special and it feels good,” said Stiegler.

Although she is showing signs of positive momentum, Stiegler has aspirations beyond just qualifying for second run. She was 21st after the first run and ultimately finished 16th, but she knows she belongs higher up in the results.

“I think it’s mental right now. I know I’m skiing a lot faster than just coming down in 21st after first run,” said Stiegler who started bib 40. “When you start outside of the 30, I think no matter what happens your mind is messing with you that you need to make second run. But then (this) isn’t where I want to be. I want to be in the top 15. Hopefully I can get back into the top 30 (on the start list) and then not be worrying about getting a second run.”

Shiffrin also appreciated the creativity that the town of Lienz employs to host the event. The prize ceremony on Saturday evening had the top three athletes in the giant slalom zip-line through the village square before the slalom bib draw required skiers to rodel down a ramp in order to collect their start numbers for Sunday’s race.

“Lienz has one of the best atmospheres. The crowd goes crazy, and the bib draw and awards ceremony last night were really creative,” remarked Shiffrin.

See more photos from the race in our gallery.

 

The Scoop

By Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup slalom, Lienz, Austria, Dec. 29, 2013

1 Schild, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

2 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

3 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head

4 Gagnon, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

5 Loeseth, Volkl/Fischer/Marker

6 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

7 Costazza, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

8 Geiger, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

9 Holdener, Head/Head/Head

10 Barthet, Head/Head/Head

Women’s World Cup slalom, Lienz, Austria, Dec. 29, 2013. … It is the 15th race of 32 on the women’s World Cup schedule. … The third of eight scheduled slaloms. … It is the 23rd World Cup race hosted at Lienz.

It is the 38th career World Cup victory for Marlies Schild. … her 35th in slalom matching her with Alberto Tomba for second all time, both genders, for most slalom wins… She trails only Ingemar Stenmark’s 40. … It is her second slalom win of the season. … It is her fifth World Cup win at Lienz.

It is the 12th career World Cup podium for Mikaela Shiffrin, her ninth in slalom. … It is her second scored slalom at Lienz having paced third in 2011. … It is her fourth podium of the season, second in slalom. … It is her second podium in two days having placed third in the Saturday GS. She had never finished second in a World Cup slalom previously.

It is the 76th career World Cup podium result for Maria Hoefl-Riesch… her 25th in slalom. … It is her fourth podium of the season and second in slalom.

It is the first World Cup top 4 for Marie-Michele Gagnon not scored on March 10, matching her second best career finish. … She was third in slalom at Are March 10, 2012 and also fourth at Ofterschwang’s slalom March 10, 2013. … It is her sixth top 10 of the season. …It is the ninth career scoring result for Bittany Phelan and her third best behind a ninth in Moscow’s City Event of 2013 and a tenth in Zagreb last season. … It is the fourth scoring finish in her father’s hometown for Resi Stiegler.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch takes control of the World Cup overall standings 611-609 over Tina Weirather (did not race). … Anna Fenninger (did not race) is third overall with 597pts. … Shiffrin is sixth with 414pts and Gagnon is ninth with 280pts. … Shiffrin holds a 202-200 lead in the slalom standings over Schild. … Frida Hansdotter (sixth in race) is third with 152pts. … Gagnon is fifth in the slalom standings with 135pts.

Austria leads the Women’s Nations Cup 2442-1549 over Switzerland with Sweden third at 1215pts. … The U.S. is sixth with 776pts and Canada tenth with 475pts.

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  9  55590 SCHILD Marlies 1981 AUT  56.85  58.78  1:55.63  0.00
 2  3  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  56.16  59.88  1:56.04  2.20
 3  6  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  56.70  59.56  1:56.26  3.38
 4  11  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  57.22  59.42  1:56.64  5.42
 5  15  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  57.53  59.34  1:56.87  6.65
 6  2  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  56.87  1:00.19  1:57.06  7.67
 7  23  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA  57.34  59.77  1:57.11  7.94
 8  19  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER  57.58  59.69  1:57.27  8.79
 9  5  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  56.99  1:00.36  1:57.35  9.22
 10  52  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  58.51  59.25  1:57.76  11.42
 11  27  107068 PHELAN Brittany 1991 CAN  58.16  59.92  1:58.08  13.14
 12  18  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  58.15  1:00.14  1:58.29  14.26
 13  36  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE  58.15  1:00.38  1:58.53  15.55
 14  12  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  58.23  1:00.33  1:58.56  15.71
 15  1  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  57.74  1:00.90  1:58.64  16.14
 16  40  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  58.32  1:00.38  1:58.70  16.46
 17  21  55807 DAUM Alexandra 1986 AUT  57.88  1:00.83  1:58.71  16.51
 18  63  196179 BERTRAND Marion 1984 FRA  58.99  59.79  1:58.78  16.89
 19  25  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  59.07  59.79  1:58.86  17.32
 20  31  205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER  58.68  1:00.42  1:59.10  18.61
 21  26  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  58.69  1:00.43  1:59.12  18.71
 22  38  206160 RIESCH Susanne 1987 GER  57.96  1:01.21  1:59.17  18.98
 23  30  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  58.64  1:00.55  1:59.19  19.09
 24  14  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja 1980 FIN  59.01  1:00.36  1:59.37  20.05
 25  24  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  59.01  1:01.01  2:00.02  23.54
 26  7  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  56.83  1:09.35  2:06.18  56.57
Did not start 1st run
 75  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 73  225518 GUEST Charlotte 1993 GBR
 72  297171 FANCHINI Sabrina 1988 ITA
 69  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
 68  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA
 64  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA
 60  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER
 59  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO
 55  506555 BLOMQVIST Lisa 1994 SWE
 54  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 53  65038 PERSYN Karen 1983 BEL
 50  355040 NIGG Marina 1984 LIE
 49  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA
 48  107044 IRWIN Madison 1991 CAN
 47  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN
 46  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone 1988 FRA
 45  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT
 43  305962 HANAOKA Moe 1984 JPN
 42  297233 PARDELLER Sarah 1988 ITA
 41  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO
 35  306096 HOSHI Mizue 1985 JPN
 29  56258 AGER Christina 1995 AUT
 28  106183 TERWIEL Elli 1989 CAN
 20  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT
 16  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN
Did not finish 2nd run
 37  297851 AZZOLA Michela 1991 ITA
 22  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER
 8  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE
 4  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin 1986 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 76  175041 LEMGART Charlotte Techen 1993 DAN
 74  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR
 71  385041 NOVOSELIC Sofija 1990 CRO
 70  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND
 67  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI
 66  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE
 65  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 62  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE
 61  705349 GANTNEROVA Jana 1989 SVK
 58  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 57  435189 KLUS Aleksandra 1986 POL
 56  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT
 51  185317 SOPPELA Merle 1991 FIN
 44  197319 BAUD Adeline 1992 FRA
 39  506557 GRASSL Paulina 1994 SWE
 34  425887 LOESETH Mona 1991 NOR
 33  506583 SAEFVENBERG Charlotta 1994 SWE
 32  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko 1983 JPN
 17  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE
 13  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE
 10  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT

CJ Feehan

Web Editor

As a USSA Level 300 alpine coach and race official, Feehan spent over a decade training U14-FIS aged athletes at some of America's preeminent ski academies – Burke, Sugar Bowl, Killington – before joining the staff at Ski Racing as Web Editor. She resides in Burlington, Vt., when not living out of her duffel bag.

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