Germany’s Lena Duerr snags her first World Cup win in final race before World Champs in Schladming
With her third-place finish in the Moscow City Event, Mikaela Shiffrin boosted her World Cup slalom lead to 33 points over top challenger Tina Maze Tuesday.
Lena Duerr, of Germany, captured her first World Cup victory, and Veronika Velez Zuzulova, winner of the city event in Munich, finished second. Maze was a bit further back in the pack, tied for fifth.
“It’s always tough because you’re always really aware that someone is right next to you and they’re racing you,” said Shiffrin. “You’re wondering if you’re ahead or behind. If you’re ahead, why are you ahead? Where are they? A lot of the time you wind up waiting for your opponent, wondering where they are. But it’s really fun.”
Shiffrin lost in the semifinal round to the day’s ultimate winner, Duerr. With the result she picked up 20 more points on Maze in the slalom standing. With two races left in the season, it’s probably going to come down to the wire.
“I’m not thinking about it much, just taking it day by day,” said Shiffrin. “I felt really confident in my skiing … It’s really fun when you can just rip. That was my goal for today. Getting the points is an added bonus.”
Duerr pleasantly surprised herself with the win in the final race before the World Championships in Schladming.
“So exciting, It was so much fun. I’ve not had so much fun in racing,” said Duerr. “I knew anything was possible in this race, but this is pretty unexpected.”
City Event Moscow (RUS)
FIS World Cup
Ladies’ City Event
Jan. 29, 2013
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