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Slalom queen Schild opens season with Aspen crown, Shiffrin 8th


Mikaela ShiffrinAustrian slalom ace Marlies Schild is once again friends with the Aspen World Cup course.

A year after missing the first gate in the Aspen slalom, Schild returned this season with revenge in mind. The reigning slalom World Cup titleholder and world champion wasted no time on the sunny Aspen course today (Nov. 27), taking a .78-second lead in the morning first run, then building a 1.19-second advantage in the shady, afternoon run to handily take her 31st career World Cup victory.

“That’s a thing that happens once and never again,” said Schild of last year’s mistake on the hill. “I’ve had good times here and bad times, I only remember the good. I always like the slope, it’s really difficult, you have to push from start to the finish and that’s fun.”

Last year’s winner on this hill, Sweden’s Maria Pietilae-Holmner, finished second.77 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

American 16-year-old and 2011 Ski Racing Junior of the Year, Mikaela Shiffrin lived up to the hype that has surrounded her for the last two years with an eighth-place result from the 37th starting position in only her fourth World Cup start. It was the first time she made it to a World Cup second run.

“I feel good, I’m really excited, all I can say is it’s unreal,” said Shiffrin, who gained a U.S. Team nomination after claiming last season’s national slalom title. “That first run was hard to handle but the second run was a lot better. From the flush down, I was really trying to let it go and ski loosely again, maybe a little above where I did [first] run.”

“I’ll have more confidence coming into Corcheval and the Europa cups we’re going to do pretty soon,” continued Shiffrin. “I’ll for sure be excited for the next five months but it’s also going to take me probably five years to realize I’m here.”

Shiffrin was the only American to make the 30-woman second run after Julia Mancuso, who finished third in yesterday’s GS, just missed the cut off in 31st place in the first run. Both Resi Stiegler and Sarah Schleper skied off course.

“Slalom’s been a tough race for me and I just got a little out of rhythm halfway down, it’s just tough to recover so jI ust gotta always keep fighting,” said Mancuso. “I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself, I just want to go out and do the best I can and see what happens and it just didn’t happen for me today.”

Lindsey Vonn, who after yesterday’s GS told reporters that she hadn’t felt like herself since tweaking her back while training on the same hill last Friday, decided to rest the tender back in preparations for the opening of the World Cup speed season next weekend. 

Hoefl-Riesch, Vonn’s friend and rival, was relieved to get on the podium for the first time as a defending overall World Cup champion. “I’m really happy with my result today after two bad raced in GS, I’ll try to build on that going into the speed races in Lake Louise,” said Hoefl-Riesch. “It was really important to trust in myself which was not so easy after my fall in the GS yesterday.”

Fellow German, Viktoria Rebensburg currently holds the lead in the overall World Cup points race with 180 points, ahead of Austrian Elisabeth Goergl in second with 140 points. Vonn is currently in fifth place with 122 points.

Schild led five Austrian women into scoring results as Michaela Kirchgasser also made the top-10 in ninth place.

It was a solid day for the Canadian team, who put two racers into the second run lead by Marie-Michele Gangnon, who finished 11th after standing 21st in the first run. Anna Goodman, who had the eight-fastest first run time despite starting 44th, finished 20th.

“I like the slope, it’s technical. The conditions are always pretty good and hard and I think I did especially second run good skiing,” said Pietilae-Holmner. “It was nice to see so many high numbers qualifying to the second run. I think that’s a good sign of well prepared snow.”

The women’s World Cup tour now moves to Lake Louise, AB for the kick off of the speed season next weekend. – By Eric Williams with reporting from Susan Theis

Images of Shiffrin by Zoom, image of Schild by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup Slalom
Aspen, USA
Nov. 27, 2011

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

Women’s World Cup slalom, Aspen, USA, Nov. 27, 2011. … It is the third race of the women’s 40 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule. … The first of 10 scheduled slaloms to be held (the first slalom at Levi was bumped to Dec. 20). … It is the 68th Cup race hosted at Aspen. … the 19th slalom.

It is the 30th career World Cup victory for Marlies Schild. … 28th in slalom. … That ranks her second all time among women behind only Vreni Schneider’s 33. … It is her second win at Aspen, the first since November of 2006.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Maria Pietilae-Holmner. … her second at Aspen having won last season’s slalom.

It is the 59th career World Cup podium for Maria Hoefl-Riesch. … her 20th in slalom. … It is her second podium at Aspen, the only other a second in this race last season.

It is the first career World Cup scoring result for Mikaela Shiffrin. … It is the fifth best career Cup result for Marie-Michele Gagnon. … her third best in slalom. … It is the eighth best career result for Anna Goodman.

Viktoria Rebensburg leads the World Cup overall standings 180-140 over Elisabeth Goergl. … Pietilae-Holmner is third with 125pts. … Lindsey Vonn is the top US racer on the list in fifth with 122pts. … Gagnon the top Canadian in 26th with 30pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 584-350 over Germany. … USA is third with 240, Canada ranks 10th with 48pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  6  55590 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   51.24  52.48  1:43.72  0.00
 2  4  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   52.07  52.84  1:44.91  7.00
 3  3  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   52.27  53.41  1:45.68  11.53
 4  1  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   52.02  53.76  1:45.78  12.12
 5  2  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   52.60  53.70  1:46.30  15.17
 6  5  705287 ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK   53.04  53.33  1:46.37  15.59
 7  10  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   53.81  52.78  1:46.59  16.88
 8  37  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA   53.81  53.22  1:47.03  19.47
 9  11  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   54.38  52.86  1:47.24  20.70
 10  14  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE   53.61  53.74  1:47.35  21.35
 11  21  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   53.57  53.89  1:47.46  22.00
 12  7  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   53.40  54.16  1:47.56  22.58
 13  15  206035 CHMELAR Fanny  1985  GER   54.12  53.53  1:47.65  23.11
 13  12  155415 ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE   54.13  53.52  1:47.65  23.11
 15  23  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA   54.69  52.97  1:47.66  23.17
 16  51  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE   54.18  53.50  1:47.68  23.29
 17  17  206279 GEIGER Christina  1990  GER   53.85  54.08  1:47.93  24.76
 18  19  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   53.62  54.38  1:48.00  25.17
 19  34  516280 HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI   54.23  53.78  1:48.01  25.23
 20  44  106633 GOODMAN Anna  1986  CAN   53.33  54.95  1:48.28  26.82
 21  42  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara  1984  ITA   54.81  53.65  1:48.46  27.88
 22  26  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   54.89  53.71  1:48.60  28.70
 23  36  55977 THALMANN Carmen  1989  AUT   54.11  54.74  1:48.85  30.17
 24  38  55807 DAUM Alexandra  1986  AUT   54.41  54.72  1:49.13  31.82
 25  28  355040 NIGG Marina  1984  LIE   54.68  54.71  1:49.39  33.35
 26  18  56032 SCHILD Bernadette  1990  AUT   55.31  54.09  1:49.40  33.41
 27  9  205168 DUERR Katharina  1989  GER   55.33  54.45  1:49.78  35.64
 28  35  196016 DAUTHERIVES Claire  1982  FRA   54.81  55.08  1:49.89  36.29
 29  29  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie  1992  SWE   55.37  54.85  1:50.22  38.23
Disqualified 1st run
   39  306096 HOSHI Mizue  1985  JPN         
Did not start 1st run
   56  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
   33  56059 DEPAULI Jessica  1991  AUT         
   16  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA         
Did not qualify 1st run
   69  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA         
   66  537792 DUKE Hailey  1985  USA         
   65  506399 HECTOR Sara  1992  SWE         
   63  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara  1992  SVK         
   62  385041 NOVOSELIC Sofija  1990  CRO         
   61  485570 SOROKINA Anna  1990  RUS         
   53  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO         
   52  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA         
   50  205239 WIRTH Barbara  1989  GER         
   49  206174 STABER Veronika  1987  GER         
   47  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT         
   40  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA         
   31  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA         
   30  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN         
   27  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah  1979  USA         
   24  515997 FEIERABEND Denise  1989  SUI         
Did not finish 2nd run
   13  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
Did not finish 1st run
   68  516319 SUTER Corinne  1994  SUI         
   67  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina  1993  CZE         
   64  565333 BRODNIK Vanja  1989  SLO         
   60  435142 KARASINSKA Katarzyna  1982  POL         
   59  516109 VOGEL Nadja  1990  SUI         
   58  105615 ROUTHIER Eve  1988  CAN         
   57  535585 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA         
   55  196179 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA         
   54  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER         
   48  206444 HOESL Simona  1992  GER         
   46  537772 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA         
   45  106183 TERWIEL Elli  1989  CAN         
   43  196803 MOUGEL Laurie  1988  FRA         
   41  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko  1983  JPN         
   32  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI         
   25  206099 PERNER Nina  1986  GER         
   22  295435 GIUS Nicole  1980  ITA         
   20  195972 AUBERT Sandrine  1982  FRA         
   8  505610 BORSSEN Therese  1984  SWE         

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