Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her second win in two days at the Aspen Winternational. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29, 2015)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
After dominating the field in Saturday’s slalom by over three seconds, Shiffrin showed that she wasn’t letting off the gas. On the first run, she came through the lights 1.99 seconds ahead of the next fastest female, and would eventually win the run by 1.69 seconds. She came out attacking on the second run and bobbled on the second gate, before calming down and ripping to the bottom. She took the win by 2.65 seconds and her teammates Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN), Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Resi Stielger (Jackson, WY) hoisted her on their shoulders to celebrate.
Shiffrin celebrates with teammates Ryan, Stiegler and Moltzan. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
“It was really exciting. I had three great races, really,” said Shiffrin. “The GS was disappointing, but still a great race. And today was awesome; yesterday was awesome. I’m walking away from my U.S. part of the World Cup tour very happy this year.”
Stiegler also had a fantastic day, skiing into the top 10 for the first time since a ninth-place finish in Zagreb in 2013—a race that Shiffrin also won. Stiegler’s 10th place finish solidified her comeback, showing her hard work after a knee injury paid off. “It was cool to get in the gate and be that strong and solid,” said Stiegler after her run.
Resi Stiegler skied her way into 10th place. (Getty Images-Doug Pensinger)
Saturday’s win was the first time since 1981 that an American woman won in Aspen, when Tamara McKinney was victorious in a giant slalom. 34 years, 8 months and 20 days later, Shiffrin broke the record. One day after that, Shiffrin won again. With Shiffrin’s victory and Resi Stiegler’s top 10 and top 15 results from the 2015 Aspen Winternational, the Americans are looking sharp for Aspen’s World Cup Finals in 2017.
Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) and Lila Lapanja (Alpine Village, NV) raced first run, but did not qualify for second. Still, Lapanja was excited to finish her first World Cup. “I’m ready to keep racing World Cups,” said Lapanja. “This lights a fire in me.”
Shiffrin packs up to head to Lake Louise to race super G with the speed team, while the rest of the teach team heads to Are, Sweden.
Mikaela Shiffrin won first run by 1.69 seconds and took the overall by 2.65 seconds.
Stiegler finished 10th, her first top-10 result since 2013.
This was Shiffrin’s fifth World Cup slalom win in a row and her 17th World Cup win.
Shiffrin was the first American woman to win a slalom in Aspen.
Next up, the speed women race in Lake Louise, while the tech team heads to Are, Sweden.
QUOTES Mikeala Shiffrin It was really exciting. I had three great races, really. The GS was disappointing, but still a great race. Today was awesome; yesterday was awesome. I’m walking away from my U.S. part of the World Cup tour very happy this year.
I woke up this morning and I thought, oh my gosh! What if everyone was just joking [about my result yesterday]! What if they were just faking it and I wasn’t that fast? I thought, you have to attack today—don’t go any slower, try to pick it up. I think everybody else pushed it a little harder too. I tried to push it hard, too. I was happy with that.
[The second run] was really rough. Once again, it was a fight. After the GS and yesterday, I learned that I can still be fast in the second run going last and I just have to really attack. Maybe making that mistake on the top part wasn’t fast, but it’s not necessarily the worst thing in the world if I’m pushing it. I was and I picked it up pretty soon after that.
I’m really excited to go to Lake Louise! I’ve never been there. I hear the hotel is really nice and the hill is even better. I’m really excited to debut in speed.
Resi Stiegler It was awesome, actually. I was pretty nervous and getting a little tired. We’ve had an incredibly amazing time here in Colorado, but it’s long. It’s a lot of interviews, people, family, skiing, high elevations. Just coming to the end, you’re like whoa! I have to focus all the way to the finish. Obviously the last couple of runs the finish part was the hardest for me. I just got in the gate and was like, you’re working that ski as hard as you can all the way to the bottom! You don’t have to go crazy; you just have to push harder. I’m pretty happy with how it ended.
It was cool to get in the gate and be that strong and solid.