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Mikaela Shiffrin dominates to win World Cup slalom at Killington

27 Novembre 2017

The three are followed by, Stephanie Brunner, of Austria and then Tessa Worley, of France, who won the giant slalom in Killington's first World Cup race in 2016.

This year, rather than stiffening up under the pressure of the home crowd - many of whom watched grow up skiing at nearby Storrs Hill in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and at Burke Mountain Academy in northern Vermont - Shiffrin seemed to use the roaring crowd as fuel. These are moments that are above the Olympics, above world championships, above anything else.

"It wasn't easy but when I ski balanced, it makes it easier than when I don't".

Both Shiffrin and Vlhova are 22 years old. That's as many as Aksel Lund Svindal, a Norwegian downhiller who is one of the brightest stars of the current men's tour, and it is one behind American Bode Miller, who was 32 years old when he captured his 32nd win.

With a win and a second-place finish each, Shiffrin and Vlhova are tied for the slalom points lead.

Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the winner's circle on Sunday (Nov 26), with a dominating performance in the slalom to claim her first World Cup victory of the season.

"When I ski really good slalom, it nearly feels like I'm flying, and I had that feeling both runs today, which was a really good feeling to have because sometimes it's like you're hacking it up and it just feels so bad and you get to the finish and are thankful that you're still alive", she said. It wasn't flawless, but it was aggressive. "That's how I want to feel for the rest of the season".

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Photo From left, Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany and Manuela Moelgg of Italy celebrated on the medals podium after the World Cup giant slalom on Saturday in Killington, Vt.

"It's always a pleasure to race in the US, and in Europe as well", Shiffrin said.

"I could hear everyone so loud at the start". "It's so fun to ski when you know everyone is supporting you whether you win or lose or crash as long as you put in an effort". They just want to see something wonderful happen. "That wasn't the feeling that I had today".

This week the women's tour moves to Lake Louise, Alberta, for a pair of downhillls and a super-G. "It's unbelievable", aid Shiffrin, who added that it was only the second time her Nana saw her race live. She found the freedom to put down two aggressive runs, avoiding a temptation to be cautious that sometimes inhibits her. And her Nana, now 96 years old, was here to watch again.

"She's like the most unbelievable person anyone will ever meet".

"This was even sweeter than a year ago", Shiffrin said, noting that in 2016 she was "almost incapacitated by nerves" to be competing in Vermont.

Mikaela Shiffrin dominates to win World Cup slalom at Killington