Mikaela Shiffrin is on a tear. Three races, three wins so far in 2018 as the American prodigy continued her banner season heading into the Olympics with a giant slalom win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Even though she woke up Saturday morning feeling nauseous and eventually getting sick due to a flu bug making the rounds on the women’s tour this week, you wouldn’t know it as Shiffrin was able to muster up enough strength to take her 39th World Cup victory.

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With unseasonably warm weather plaguing southern Europe in recent weeks, the 54th Golden Fox Trophy that was originally scheduled to take place in Maribor, Slovenia, was moved to the more Northern town of Kranjska Gora. Traditionally a staple on the men’s circuit, the women haven’t visited Kranjska Gora since 2014 for a lone slalom race and haven’t raced GS at the venue since 2012.

“I’m really happy with my skiing,” Shiffrin shared. “I’m loose and really aggressive so that’s really exciting for me. A lot of the girls have been sick or are sick so I think maybe nobody’s racing at one hundred percent today. The best way to ski is aggressive, it’s also the safest way to ski but for sure in the second run it was a little bit bumpier, a little bit more rough and I was trying to be aggressive but I also didn’t want to risk everything.”

Shiffrin’s win opens up her lead in the overall standings to a whopping 647 points over her next closest competitor, Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg. Shiffrin also overtook Rebensburg in the GS standings as the American now leads in every discipline except for super-G, where she sits 18th.

France’s Tessa Worley was the last women’s GS winner in Kranjska Gora and was looking to grab her first victory of the season and continue to build on her form. The reigning World Cup and World GS Champion couldn’t match Shiffrin, however, as Worley finished 0.31 seconds back in second place.

“I managed to push better than the first races of the season so I’m happy about my skiing,” she said. “It wasn’t perfect, I need to improve some parts on the slope. I’m feeling good. I know my skiing is pretty good and I just need to be confident about it and be able to charge more in the races. I’m trying every race to charge a little more and take a little more risk to get first place, I’ll see how it goes.”

Worley captured her third podium of the season on Saturday. Image Credit: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

Italian firecracker Sofia Goggia also made a welcome return to the GS podium, finishing third, 0.91 seconds off the winning pace.

“I’m super happy, super stoked with the result,” Goggia said. “In the second run, even though I didn’t start that well, I skied in the Goggia spirit, Goggia style of aggressive and attacking style so I’m super happy with the result.”

22-year-old Swede Estelle Alphand has also been one to watch this season. If her last name sounds familiar, it’s because her father is French legend and 1997 overall World Cup champion Luc Alphand. Due to her having dual French and Swedish citizenship because of her parents, Alphand made the decision over the summer to ski for Sweden.

Alphand has managed to turn more than a few heads with blistering speed translating to a number of career-best finishes. She was fifth in the slalom in Lienz, Austria, last month and jumped up 19 places in the standings on Saturday to finish 10th thanks to the fastest second run.

“I feel more confident and more calm,” she said of her year. “I know exactly what I’m doing so that’s the key. With training, everything went well this summer and just continuing to go on races so it’s just hard work and confidence. The (Swedish) team is really nice, really great. I just feel very good in this team and it helps me go to the maximum and push my limits so I’m just happy.”

After Shiffrin, Americans AJ Hurt and Foreste Peterson, who also represents Dartmouth College on the NCAA circuit, both did not qualify for the second run.

The women now race slalom on Sunday in Kranjska Gora.

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Top 10
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
5. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
6. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
7. Tina Robnik (SLO) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker
7. Sara Hector (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
9. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
10.Estelle Alphand (SWE) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look


Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 7 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 55.08 52.32 1:47.40 0.00 100
 2 5 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 55.94 51.77 1:47.71 +0.31 2.83 80
 3 3 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 56.92 51.39 1:48.31 +0.91 8.30 60
 4 16 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 56.94 51.39 1:48.33 +0.93 8.49 50
 5 1 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT 56.38 51.98 1:48.36 +0.96 8.76 45
 6 6 297601BRIGNONE Federica1990ITA 56.72 51.66 1:48.38 +0.98 8.94 40
 7 20 565373ROBNIK Tina1991SLO 56.76 52.03 1:48.79 +1.39 12.68 36
 7 12 506399HECTOR Sara1992SWE 57.09 51.70 1:48.79 +1.39 12.68 36
 9 11 705423VLHOVA Petra1995SVK 57.31 51.60 1:48.91 +1.51 13.78 29
 10 30 197616ALPHAND Estelle1995SWE 58.42 50.91 1:49.33 +1.93 17.61 26
 11 2 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 56.75 52.60 1:49.35 +1.95 17.79 24
 12 10 516528MEILLARD Melanie1998SUI 57.39 51.97 1:49.36 +1.96 17.88 22
 13 28 565471HROVAT Meta1998SLO 57.93 51.45 1:49.38 +1.98 18.07 20
 14 26 56199KAPPAURER Elisabeth1994AUT 58.12 51.29 1:49.41 +2.01 18.34 18
 15 14 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 57.21 52.26 1:49.47 +2.07 18.89 16
 16 18 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 57.05 52.49 1:49.54 +2.14 19.53 15
 17 44 56388LIENSBERGER Katharina1997AUT 58.28 51.35 1:49.63 +2.23 20.35 14
 18 21 197124FRASSE SOMBET Coralie1991FRA 57.49 52.20 1:49.69 +2.29 20.90 13
 19 9 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 56.71 53.00 1:49.71 +2.31 21.08 12
 20 15 565268DREV Ana1985SLO 57.68 52.33 1:50.01 +2.61 23.82 11
 21 19 516268WILD Simone1993SUI 58.21 51.84 1:50.05 +2.65 24.18 10
 22 17 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 58.39 51.85 1:50.24 +2.84 25.91 9
 23 23 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA 57.52 52.75 1:50.27 +2.87 26.19 8
 23 13 299276BASSINO Marta1996ITA 57.47 52.80 1:50.27 +2.87 26.19 8
 25 24 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT 57.79 52.57 1:50.36 +2.96 27.01 6
 26 32 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 58.34 52.04 1:50.38 +2.98 27.19 5
 27 35 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA 58.32 52.07 1:50.39 +2.99 27.28 4
 28 36 225525TILLEY Alex1993GBR 58.57 51.94 1:50.51 +3.11 28.38 3
Did not finish 2nd run
 8 425771HAVER-LOESETH Nina1989NOR 57.26 0
 4 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 57.84 0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 72 695108KNYSH Olha1995UKR 1:03.28 0
 69 155727CAPOVA Gabriela1993CZE 1:03.49 0
 67 56268HEIDER Michaela1995AUT 1:00.35 0
 66 565463SLOKAR Andreja1997SLO 1:00.85 0
 65 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR 1:00.88 0
 64 56282RESCH Stephanie1995AUT 59.85 0
 63 485973SILANTEVA Anastasiia1998RUS 1:01.05 0
 62 198016ESCANE Doriane1999FRA 1:00.90 0
 61 206759HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin1998GER 1:02.12 0
 60 565453AJLEC Desiree1996SLO 1:01.12 0
 59 299388BERTANI Luisa Matilde Maria1996ITA 1:01.15 0
 57 435334GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna1994POL 1:00.07 0
 56 506348STAALNACKE Ylva1992SWE 1:01.07 0
 54 197215MASSIOS Marie1992FRA 1:00.26 0
 53 415232ROBINSON Alice2001NZL 59.54 0
 52 516504DANIOTH Aline1998SUI 59.92 0
 51 565401BUCIK Ana1993SLO 59.36 0
 47 516562RAST Camille1999SUI 59.31 0
 46 539678PETERSON Foreste1993USA 1:00.88 0
 45 516407KASPER Vanessa1996SUI 59.48 0
 43 197651DIREZ Clara1995FRA 59.37 0
 42 385096POPOVIC Leona1997CRO 59.41 0
 41 107532TOMMY Mikaela1995CAN 58.81 0
 40 405138JELINKOVA Adriana1995NED 59.09 0
 39 6536392HURT A J2000USA 59.83 0
 38 426100HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst1995NOR 1:01.00 0
 37 355061HILZINGER Jessica1997GER 59.62 0
 34 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN 59.74 0
 33 307493ANDO Asa1996JPN 1:00.40 0
 31 55947VEITH Anna1989AUT 58.63 0
 29 426187LYSDAHL Kristin1996NOR 58.62 0
 27 56315TRUPPE Katharina1996AUT 59.38 0
 22 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA 59.19 0
Did not finish 1st run
 73 960100DIPOL Alessia Afi1995TOG 0
 71 705394KANTOROVA Barbara1992SVK 0
 70 299383MELESI Roberta1996ITA 0
 68 415205HUDSON Piera1996NZL 0
 58 506664FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena1995SWE 0
 49 56392GRITSCH Franziska1997AUT 0
 25 56032SCHILD Bernadette1990AUT 0
Disqualified 1st run
 55 185430HONKANEN Riikka1998FIN 0
 50 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 0
Did not start 1st run
 48 425921HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten1992NOR 0