After the first run in Flachau, Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin found herself in an unfamiliar position: second place in a slalom race. The American sat 0.37 seconds behind Bernadette Schild of Austria. The deficit fueled her inner flame. In true Shiffrin style, she charged down the second run course to win by 0.94 seconds over the Austrian. Last year’s Snow Space Princess Frida Hansdotter made a valiant effort and skied to third position, 1.43 seconds away from the win. 

“The first run I was a bit anxious,” the American shared. “After last year here, I didn’t really ski free, and this first run, I was a little bit too aggressive. Didn’t have my timing really.”

The warm temperatures and rainfall made the night race particularly challenging as a distinct groove formed in the course for later racers. Nevertheless, these ladies persisted through the salty, sloppy snow.

“Tonight, I was chasing in the second run, and I knew with Bernadette–she’s skiing so loose–I knew I had to go all out,” Shiffrin said. “I had nothing to lose and for all you Austrian fans, you should be so proud of her. I can’t imagine how much nerves she had, and she’s skiing amazing, so it’s really cool for me.”

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Some people might think that the fact that Shiffrin’s coach Mike Day set the second run course was an advantage, but the reality is the American says she would rather not know they are doing it.

“My coaches have set a couple courses this year now and each time, I say ‘I don’t want to know. You just do it. I don’t want to know you’re gone. I don’t want to know you’re setting. Just don’t even tell me,” she shared. “Mike, he set just a normal course second run. It was not easy, just flowing. Nothing special and that was perfect because I could really focus on my skiing and not think, ‘Oh, I have to do well. My coach is setting.'”

This race marked the American’s 41st career win, fifth consecutive World Cup win and third win at the Austrian venue. She also matched Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for most wins before the age of 23–a record she’s likely to surpass before her birthday in March. On a larger scale, she earned the United States’ 200th World Cup win in ladies’ events. Only Austria and Switzerland have more with 372 and 301 victories, respectively.

Schild was close to adding to Austria’s win count, but gave up too much time in the second half of the race. Despite that, the results matches her career-best result from Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in 2013.

“This is a really home race for me, so it was amazing today,” she said. “Well, I didn’t really feel pressure because the audience just gave me a lot of energy, and I was standing up there looking down and thought, ‘This is what I’ve been working for for the last couple of years.’…I’m second, so I’m really happy.”

The explosive crowd cheered on more than one Austrian to a top-10 finish. Katharina Truppe, Katharina Liensberger and Katharina Gallhuber earned fifth, eighth and 10th, respectively. Meanwhile, Hansdotter seemed disappointed to be on the third step after winning the event last year when Shiffrin got third place. Her third third-place result of the season was nothing to scoff at.

“I really love Flachau,” the Swede said. “I think it’s a fun hill to charge down. I have always skied good here, so good memories and good skiing.”

Resi Stiegler was the only other American to qualify for a second run. The World Cup veteran was in the green at the second split, but lost more than a second at the bottom after getting late and scrubbing speed. She ended the day in 26th place. Lila Lapanja and Katie Hensien also represented the U.S., but did not qualify for a second run.

The tech skiers now have some time off as the ladies’ tour heads to Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, for a speed series. Shiffrin will take some time off to train and rest before Cortina d’Ampezzo Jan. 19-21, giving the rest of the field a chance to try to close the gap in the World Cup overall standings.


Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Nina Haver-Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  5. Katharina Truppe (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Chiara Costazza (ITA) – Dynastar / Look / Lange
  7. Anna Swenn Larson (SWE) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  8. Katharina Liensberger (AUT) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  9. Nastasia Noens (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
  10. Katharina Gallhuber (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff.
 1  4  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  55.98  54.88  1:50.86
 2  1  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  55.61  56.19  1:51.80  +0.94
 3  5  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  56.35  55.94  1:52.29  +1.43
 4  6  425771 HAVER-LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  57.15  56.33  1:53.48  +2.62
 5  19  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  57.74  55.79  1:53.53  +2.67
 6  9  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA  58.24  55.42  1:53.66  +2.80
 7  11  506146 SWENN LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE  57.71  55.99  1:53.70  +2.84
 8  26  56388 LIENSBERGER Katharina 1997 AUT  58.76  55.01  1:53.77  +2.91
 9  31  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  58.81  55.08  1:53.89  +3.03
 10  13  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT  58.11  55.99  1:54.10  +3.24
 11  14  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  58.93  55.19  1:54.12  +3.26
 12  21  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  57.76  56.51  1:54.27  +3.41
 13  15  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  57.65  56.64  1:54.29  +3.43
 14  10  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER  58.00  56.40  1:54.40  +3.54
 15  18  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER  59.25  55.43  1:54.68  +3.82
 16  22  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 SWE  58.92  55.82  1:54.74  +3.88
 17  24  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT  58.60  56.15  1:54.75  +3.89
 18  55  516437 BISSIG Carole 1996 SUI  59.70  55.25  1:54.95  +4.09
 19  44  56143 GRUENWALD Julia 1991 AUT  59.76  55.26  1:55.02  +4.16
 20  47  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI  59.61  55.44  1:55.05  +4.19
 21  12  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  57.91  57.19  1:55.10  +4.24
 22  16  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  58.59  56.92  1:55.51  +4.65
 23  25  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  59.57  55.97  1:55.54  +4.68
 24  36  307493 ANDO Asa 1996 JPN  59.84  55.83  1:55.67  +4.81
 24  17  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  58.51  57.16  1:55.67  +4.81
 26  20  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  59.04  56.74  1:55.78  +4.92
 27  45  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND  59.55  1:12.30  2:11.85  +20.99
Did not finish 2nd run
 29  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  59.45
 28  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  59.24
 2  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  57.17
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 67  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL  1:03.69
 64  6536171 HENSIEN Katie 1999 USA  1:02.47
 63  539927 LAPANJA Lila 1994 USA  1:03.56
 62  197540 FORNI Josephine 1994 FRA  1:00.39
 59  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  1:02.00
 58  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko 1983 JPN  1:05.99
 57  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR  1:00.79
 56  206497 FILSER Andrea 1993 GER  1:01.78
 54  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE  59.98
 53  299699 PETERLINI Martina 1997 ITA  1:01.89
 52  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR  1:02.82
 50  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  1:01.46
 49  155727 CAPOVA Gabriela 1993 CZE  59.95
 46  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE  1:00.19
 41  516426 STOFFEL Elena 1996 SUI  59.92
 39  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS  1:00.56
 37  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE  59.85
 35  485802 TKACHENKO Ekaterina 1995 RUS  1:00.17
 34  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN  1:00.46
 33  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE  59.91
Did not finish 1st run
 68  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK
 66  385106 STIMAC Ida 2000 CRO
 65  299632 INSAM Vivien 1997 ITA
 61  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN
 60  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO
 51  426100 HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst 1995 NOR
 48  565403 LIVK Klara 1994 SLO
 43  225525 TILLEY Alex 1993 GBR
 42  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT
 40  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN
 38  107583 REMME Roni 1996 CAN
 30  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 27  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 23  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT
 8  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER
 7  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI
 3  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK
Disqualified 1st run
 32  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
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