ASPEN, Colo. – Reversing her misfortune from Friday’s giant slalom race, Mikaela Shiffrin skied the way the world has now grown accustomed to seeing en route to capturing her 16th career World Cup victory in record-setting fashion. Shiffrin dominated the rescheduled slalom originally planned for Levi, Finland, on Nov. 14th but later moved to Aspen. Second-place finisher Veronica Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia finished 3.07 seconds behind Shiffrin, and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter claimed third, 3.26 seconds back.

Shiffrin’s winning margin is the largest in World Cup women’s slalom history, besting the previous record of 3.00 seconds flat set by Frenchwoman Florence Steurer in Abetone, Italy, all the way back in 1968.

For Shiffrin, the disappointment of failing to finish Friday’s GS within sight of the finish and victory well within her grasp only served as motivation coming into the first of two slaloms slated for Aspen.

“Sometimes I think that disappointment can hurt you, or drive you into the next races,” she said. “Yesterday, I made the decision that I was going to let it fuel me for today. I was really nervous the first run because it was the first slalom of the season, but I still had that pent up anger from yesterday and I was just thinking, ‘Use that, keep the fight, just keep fighting and take the risk because you don’t deserve to win races if you’re not taking some risk.’ So that’s what I did today, and it did pay off.”

Speaking of her record-setting margin of victory, Shiffrin was understandably excited. “It’s exciting. You know, it’s nice to break records and to make history, but I feel like so many things happen on a day-to-day basis, you could make history every single day in one way or another. It’s really cool. It’s one of probably the more cool records that I’ll ever have broken, but I also just as quickly have to go back and settle in. Tomorrow is a new race.”

Shiffrin’s victory snaps a 34-year winless streak for American women at Aspen, with Tamara McKinney last winning a giant slalom in March of 1981.

“In the U.S., we’ve had shots to get podiums and win here since the last one, every single season, basically,” Shiffrin said of the dry spell. “It’s been kind of a podium drought for us, so I’m really glad that for the whole team we got that out of the way, finally.”

Zuzulova’s second-place finish starts the 15-year veteran’s season off on the right foot, and she hopes to carry that momentum into the rest of the World Cup season.

“For sure I am really happy about my result, it’s my best start of the season ever,” she explained. “First run was really good, second run for sure the light wasn’t the best and was more fight the second run than the first run. It’s never easy to race here because it’s quite high in altitude. It’s tough, but I am really happy about my day today.”

Zuzulova, who is married to a coach of the French team, trains with the French ladies. She explained how having young racers always pushing her in training allows her to bring her best to race day.

“Since I train with the French girls, I feel really good,” she said. “To train with the young girls, they always try to push, to be better than me. I can’t sleep in training. I have to always push more and more and I think it’s still this that makes me faster and faster.”

Today’s result marked the 16th career World Cup podium for Hansdotter, who is one of the few racers who has been able to challenge Shiffrin for victories in recent years.

“It’s really great to start the slalom season with a podium, but Mikaela’s superiority with the margin of three seconds takes a little bit off from it,” she admitted. “But I’ll have a new chance tomorrow.”

Hansdotter appeared to struggle from the second intermediate time to the finish, something she felt was due to her set-up being too aggressive than was needed for the grippier snow found lower on the course.

For American Resi Stiegler, her 15th-place finish in her first World Cup since tearing her ACL last spring was exactly what the doctor ordered.

“I was really nervous today. I did some intense coming back this time, so I wasn’t really sure where I was standing. I did a couple NorAms coming into this and had some good sections, but I didn’t have what I wanted to see coming into here for confidence,” she explained. “It’s really hard to explain to people what it feels like. I can come back from anything, obviously, but when you get back in the gate, that’s your only time to shine. When I have a good moment or feel good, it’s like the most unbelievable feeling in the world.”

Petra Vlhova of Slovakia managed to claw her way from the 46th start position to ultimately finish an impressive 11th, clocking in the second fastest second run in the process.

Also noteworthy was the performance of Canadian national team member and University of Vermont sophomore, Laurence St. Germain. Following a successful season at the NorAm level, the Quebec native made her World Cup debut and fought her way into the flip, ultimately finishing a respectable 27th despite a costly mistake in the second run. Her teammates Marie-Michele Gagnon and Erin Mielzynski led the way for Canada in eighth and 10th, respectively.

“The nerves were pretty intense at the beginning, I couldn’t stop smiling because I was so happy to be here,” said St. Germain. “I came to the bottom and it was 22nd, and I was like, ‘Woah, I might do second run!'”

St. Germain also spoke of the importance her education has played in allowing her to ski to her fullest potential over the past year. “I think that having school and skiing is pretty much the best combination you can have, because when I go back to school, it just takes my mind off of skiing a little bit. When you have a rough time skiing and it’s not the way you want it to be, you can just focus on school and it feels so much better when you come back. I’m just more happy every time I put my skis on.”

The women will race slalom again tomorrow, closing out the weekend before the tour heads to Lake Louise, Alberta, for the annual speed series.

See more photos from this race here.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Velez Zuzulova, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  3. Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  4. Strachova, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  5. Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  6. Noens,, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  7. Holdner, Head/Head/Head
  8. Gagnon, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
  9. Hector, Head/Head/Head
  10. Mielzynski, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  • Women’s World Cup slalom, Aspen, USA, Nov. 28, 2015. … This is a make-up race from Levi, Finland, where warm weather and a lack of snow forced a schedule change. … It is the third of 41 women’s races on the World Cup schedule … the first of ten scheduled slaloms, and the second of three races set for Aspen this season. … It is the 74th World Cup race hosted by Aspen. … The 22nd slalom. … Nicole Hosp won the most recent women’s slalom at Aspen Nov. 30, 2014. … Billy Kidd is the only American to win an Aspen World Cup slalom, March 15, 1968.
  • It is the 16th career World Cup win for Mikaela Shiffrin … her 15th in slalom (a U.S. record). … It is the 289th U.S. World Cup win and the sixth at Aspen, first since Bill Johnson won a downhill March 4, 1984.
  • It is the 20th career World Cup podium for Veronika Velez-Zuzulova … her first at Aspen.
  • It is the 17th career World Cup podium for Frida Hansdotter … and her second in two seasons at Aspen.
  • Marie-Michele Gagnon matched her Aspen result from last season, marking her 27th top-eight showing. … It is the ninth career top-10 placing for Erin Mielzynski, her first scored at Aspen. … It is the 36th top-15 placing for Resi Stiegler and her third best career result at Aspen. … It is the first career World Cup scoring finish for Laurence St Germain.
  • Shiffrin takes command of the World Cup overall standings 180-160 over Federica Brignone (28th in race but did not score due to time gap to leader). … Lara Gut (did not race) is third overall with 150pts.
  • Italy leads the women’ Nations Cup 421-321 over Sweden. … France is third with 238pts. … The U.S. is fifth with 196pts and Canada eighth with 95pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  3  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  48.01  51.80  1:39.81  0.00
 2  4  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK  49.39  53.49  1:42.88  +3.07  22.15
 3  1  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  49.83  53.24  1:43.07  +3.26  23.52
 4  2  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  50.02  53.67  1:43.69  +3.88  27.99
 5  6  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  51.16  53.80  1:44.96  +5.15  37.15
 6  13  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  50.73  54.33  1:45.06  +5.25  37.87
 7  5  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  51.30  53.78  1:45.08  +5.27  38.02
 8  11  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  50.88  54.38  1:45.26  +5.45  39.31
 9  26  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  51.37  53.94  1:45.31  +5.50  39.68
 10  8  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  51.25  54.22  1:45.47  +5.66  40.83
 11  46  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  52.22  53.26  1:45.48  +5.67  40.90
 11  24  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  50.69  54.79  1:45.48  +5.67  40.90
 13  16  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  51.36  54.20  1:45.56  +5.75  41.48
 14  33  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  51.89  53.69  1:45.58  +5.77  41.62
 15  19  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  51.77  53.84  1:45.61  +5.80  41.84
 16  14  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA  51.57  54.08  1:45.65  +5.84  42.13
 17  7  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  51.52  54.24  1:45.76  +5.95  42.92
 18  52  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT  52.45  53.41  1:45.86  +6.05  43.64
 18  23  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  51.07  54.79  1:45.86  +6.05  43.64
 20  40  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  52.32  53.74  1:46.06  +6.25  45.09
 21  18  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE  51.68  54.42  1:46.10  +6.29  45.37
 22  28  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  52.53  53.64  1:46.17  +6.36  45.88
 23  38  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  53.04  53.64  1:46.68  +6.87  49.56
 24  30  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE  52.26  54.61  1:46.87  +7.06  50.93
 25  44  355061 HILZINGER Jessica 1997 GER  52.19  54.90  1:47.09  +7.28  52.52
 26  60  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT  52.92  55.52  1:48.44  +8.63  62.25
 27  36  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN  52.76  55.90  1:48.66  +8.85  63.84
 28  64  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  52.65  56.39  1:49.04  +9.23  66.58
Disqualified 1st run
 42  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 69  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah 1979 MEX
 67  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 61  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO
 58  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 56  298124 AGNELLI Nicole 1992 ITA
 54  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI
 51  56258 AGER Christina 1995 AUT
 50  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO
 49  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
 48  107387 CRAWFORD Candace 1994 CAN
 43  56126 ZELLER Lisa-Maria 1992 AUT
 39  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE
 37  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA
 31  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN
 29  205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER
Did not finish 2nd run
 20  506583 SAEFVENBERG Charlotta 1994 SWE
 17  196803 MOUGEL Laurie 1988 FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 68  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL
 66  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE
 65  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
 63  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 62  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA
 59  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND
 57  539927 LAPANJA Lila 1994 USA
 55  516265 GMUER Chiara 1993 SUI
 53  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 47  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER
 45  206701 WILLIBALD Elisabeth 1996 GER
 41  56143 GRUENWALD Julia 1991 AUT
 35  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko 1983 JPN
 34  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO
 32  539909 MOLTZAN Paula 1994 USA
 27  516334 CHABLE Charlotte 1994 SUI
 25  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 22  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
 21  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE
 15  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT
 12  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER
 10  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT
 9  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT
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