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.

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

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  7  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  55.08  52.32  1:47.40  0.00  100
 2  5  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  55.94  51.77  1:47.71  +0.31  2.83  80
 3  3  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  56.92  51.39  1:48.31  +0.91  8.30  60
 4  16  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  56.94  51.39  1:48.33  +0.93  8.49  50
 5  1  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  56.38  51.98  1:48.36  +0.96  8.76  45
 6  6  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  56.72  51.66  1:48.38  +0.98  8.94  40
 7  20  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO  56.76  52.03  1:48.79  +1.39  12.68  36
 7  12  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  57.09  51.70  1:48.79  +1.39  12.68  36
 9  11  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  57.31  51.60  1:48.91  +1.51  13.78  29
 10  30  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 SWE  58.42  50.91  1:49.33  +1.93  17.61  26
 11  2  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  56.75  52.60  1:49.35  +1.95  17.79  24
 12  10  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  57.39  51.97  1:49.36  +1.96  17.88  22
 13  28  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO  57.93  51.45  1:49.38  +1.98  18.07  20
 14  26  56199 KAPPAURER Elisabeth 1994 AUT  58.12  51.29  1:49.41  +2.01  18.34  18
 15  14  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  57.21  52.26  1:49.47  +2.07  18.89  16
 16  18  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  57.05  52.49  1:49.54  +2.14  19.53  15
 17  44  56388 LIENSBERGER Katharina 1997 AUT  58.28  51.35  1:49.63  +2.23  20.35  14
 18  21  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA  57.49  52.20  1:49.69  +2.29  20.90  13
 19  9  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  56.71  53.00  1:49.71  +2.31  21.08  12
 20  15  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  57.68  52.33  1:50.01  +2.61  23.82  11
 21  19  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  58.21  51.84  1:50.05  +2.65  24.18  10
 22  17  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  58.39  51.85  1:50.24  +2.84  25.91  9
 23  23  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  57.52  52.75  1:50.27  +2.87  26.19  8
 23  13  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  57.47  52.80  1:50.27  +2.87  26.19  8
 25  24  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  57.79  52.57  1:50.36  +2.96  27.01  6
 26  32  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  58.34  52.04  1:50.38  +2.98  27.19  5
 27  35  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  58.32  52.07  1:50.39  +2.99  27.28  4
 28  36  225525 TILLEY Alex 1993 GBR  58.57  51.94  1:50.51  +3.11  28.38  3
Did not finish 2nd run
 8  425771 HAVER-LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  57.26  0
 4  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  57.84  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 72  695108 KNYSH Olha 1995 UKR  1:03.28  0
 69  155727 CAPOVA Gabriela 1993 CZE  1:03.49  0
 67  56268 HEIDER Michaela 1995 AUT  1:00.35  0
 66  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO  1:00.85  0
 65  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR  1:00.88  0
 64  56282 RESCH Stephanie 1995 AUT  59.85  0
 63  485973 SILANTEVA Anastasiia 1998 RUS  1:01.05  0
 62  198016 ESCANE Doriane 1999 FRA  1:00.90  0
 61  206759 HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin 1998 GER  1:02.12  0
 60  565453 AJLEC Desiree 1996 SLO  1:01.12  0
 59  299388 BERTANI Luisa Matilde Maria 1996 ITA  1:01.15  0
 57  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:00.07  0
 56  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE  1:01.07  0
 54  197215 MASSIOS Marie 1992 FRA  1:00.26  0
 53  415232 ROBINSON Alice 2001 NZL  59.54  0
 52  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI  59.92  0
 51  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  59.36  0
 47  516562 RAST Camille 1999 SUI  59.31  0
 46  539678 PETERSON Foreste 1993 USA  1:00.88  0
 45  516407 KASPER Vanessa 1996 SUI  59.48  0
 43  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA  59.37  0
 42  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO  59.41  0
 41  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN  58.81  0
 40  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  59.09  0
 39  6536392 HURT A J 2000 USA  59.83  0
 38  426100 HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst 1995 NOR  1:01.00  0
 37  355061 HILZINGER Jessica 1997 GER  59.62  0
 34  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN  59.74  0
 33  307493 ANDO Asa 1996 JPN  1:00.40  0
 31  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  58.63  0
 29  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin 1996 NOR  58.62  0
 27  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  59.38  0
 22  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  59.19  0
Did not finish 1st run
 73  960100 DIPOL Alessia Afi 1995 TOG  0
 71  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK  0
 70  299383 MELESI Roberta 1996 ITA  0
 68  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL  0
 58  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE  0
 49  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  0
 25  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  0
Disqualified 1st run
 55  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN  0
 50  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  0
Did not start 1st run
 48  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR  0
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