ASPEN, CO (Mar. 18, 2017) – On a sunny day in Aspen, 22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) took home her fourth slalom crystal globe in five years and clinched the coveted overall crystal globe at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.
While Shiffrin didn’t win Saturday’s slalom, she took second place behind Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. Shiffrin was placed third after first run—just .07 seconds behind Vlhova—and though she put down a fast run second run to bump Frida Hansdotter of Sweden to third, she couldn’t take the win.
“It’s not always about the globe or World Cup points, but racing at home in front of the crowd and putting on a show,” said Shiffrin. “For sure I wanted to win, but today was just as good of a show with Petra taking the lead at the final split. It’s really cool for her and cool for me. The crowd was cheering for me, but for her too.”
Sunday will be first time in five years that an American woman will hoist the overall crystal globe, but Shiffrin showed off her slalom globe on Saturday in front of the 7,000-person crowd in Aspen. Shiffrin joins an elite crowd of American ski racers that have won the overall World Cup title, including Tamara McKinney (Squaw Valley, CA), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Phil Mahre (Yakima, WA) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH).
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia trailed Shiffrin by 198 points prior to Saturday’s race, but with Stuhec making the decision to not race the slalom, Shiffrin sealed up the overall.
“It’s odd to say I won something in ski racing when I wasn’t actually out there,” said Shiffrin. “It feels a little more real today and it will feel more real tomorrow when I’m actually holding it. But it’s something hard to describe.”
Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) was the only other American woman to race the slalom, finishing 19th.
Sunday Shiffrin will contend for the World Cup giant slalom title. France’s Tessa Worley leads by 80 points.
- Mikaela Shiffrin took second in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals slalom.
- Shiffrin won the slalom crystal globe for the fourth time in five years. She had clinched the title prior to the race.
- Shiffrin clinched the overall World Cup crystal globe.
- Behind Shiffrin, Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia was second in the slalom crystal globe chase with Wendy Holdener of Switzerland third.
- Overall crystal globe winner in the 1982-83 season Tamara McKinney was in attendance to watch Shiffrin. Canadian Nancy Greene, who was the first crystal globe winner in 1966-67 and 1967-68, was also in attendance.
WORLD CUP WINNERS/LEADERS
Overall – Mikaela Shiffrin, USA
Downhill – Ilka Stuhec, Slovenia
Super G – Tina Weirather, Liechtenstein
Giant Slalom – Tessa Worley, France – holds 80 point lead over Mikaela Shiffrin
Slalom – Mikaela Shiffrin, USA
Alpine Combined – Ilka Stuhec, Slovenia