On Sunday, a 21-year-old athlete snagged her 21st World Cup slalom win in front of a 10,000-person home crowd in Killington, Vt. Despite waking up with a “bad feeling,” Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show for local fans, taking the win by 0.73 seconds.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Shiffrin said. “Knowing that I’ve been performing so well in slalom, I really had a great chance of winning the slalom here. And I actually really wanted to win the GS as well, but I didn’t put winning GS skiing out there.”

With this win, Shiffrin continues to lead the slalom standings with 200 points, as well as the overall stands with 325 points.

Coming into the second run, Veronika Velez Zuzulova was 0.65 seconds off the pace. Zuzulova took advantage of the set by Slovakian coach and her father, Timotej Zuzula, in order to keep her second-place position, but wasn’t able to close the gap with Shiffrin.

“It was a really nice race,” she shared. “Usually we are racing in Aspen and I can say that the crowd is never like this, so it was a really nice experience to race here.”

Wendy Holdener rounded out the podium, coming in third, just 0.86 of Shiffrin’s pace. This is the Swiss skier’s sixth World Cup podium finish in slalom, and like the other women on the circuit, she is fighting to beat the American powerhouse who has won the last ten World Cup slalom races she started in.

“I think we get a step closer than last year,” Holdener said. “Still she [Shiffrin] is dominant and I think the other girls and I are on the right way to get closer and closer. I think it will get thrilling this season.”

Holdener sits second in the overall rankings with 168 points, and second in the slalom rankings behind Shiffrin  with 140 points.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Resi Stiegler had another solid result, ending the day in 17th place. She noted how different the conditions were for the slalom versus Saturday’s giant slalom.

“They are mind-blowingly different,” she explained. “They really worked really hard last night to get ready for today and it’s a lot harder, smoother surface, which is safe and awesome. I’m stoked.”

Three other American athletes pushed out of the start gate–independent racer Megan McJames and U.S. Ski Teamers Lila Lapanja, Nina O’Brien and Patricia Mangan. McJames and Lapanja did not qualify for a second run, and O’Brien and Mangan did not finish first run.

“Really my whole focus for this year is to tap into my fastest skiing on race day,” Lapanja shared, looking ahead to future races like the one in Squaw Valley this March. “I have the speed in training, and I’m just warming up.”

For the Canadians, Marie-Michele Gagnon lead the charge, earning 14th place. Erin Mielzynski and Valerie Grenier also qualified for a second run, finishing in 22nd and 29th respectively. Teammate Laurence St. Germain, who also attends the University of Vermont, did not qualify for a second run.

Now, the ladies head to Lake Louise, Canada for speed races Nov. 29 – Dec. 4.


Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  2. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) – Salomon / Solomon / Solomon
  3. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  4. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  5. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  6. Lena Duerr (GER) –  Voelkl / Marker / Dalbello
  7. Sarka Strachova (CZE) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  10. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  1  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  43.30  44.65  1:27.95  0.00
 2  7  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK  43.95  44.73  1:28.68  +0.73  5.98
 3  3  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  44.24  44.57  1:28.81  +0.86  7.04
 4  4  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  44.55  44.74  1:29.29  +1.34  10.97
 5  6  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  44.84  44.46  1:29.30  +1.35  11.05
 6  18  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  45.04  44.40  1:29.44  +1.49  12.20
 7  2  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  45.08  44.37  1:29.45  +1.50  12.28
 8  12  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  45.20  44.32  1:29.52  +1.57  12.85
 9  8  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  45.44  44.44  1:29.88  +1.93  15.80
 10  5  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  44.87  45.20  1:30.07  +2.12  17.36
 11  15  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  46.17  43.95  1:30.12  +2.17  17.76
 12  16  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  46.04  44.24  1:30.28  +2.33  19.07
 13  27  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  46.69  43.61  1:30.30  +2.35  19.24
 14  10  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  45.44  44.88  1:30.32  +2.37  19.40
 15  19  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  46.52  43.90  1:30.42  +2.47  20.22
 16  20  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  46.33  44.10  1:30.43  +2.48  20.30
 17  13  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  46.18  44.31  1:30.49  +2.54  20.79
 18  40  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  46.31  44.32  1:30.63  +2.68  21.94
 19  11  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  46.20  44.50  1:30.70  +2.75  22.51
 20  28  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  47.13  43.75  1:30.88  +2.93  23.99
 21  26  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  46.17  44.75  1:30.92  +2.97  24.31
 22  14  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  46.24  44.69  1:30.93  +2.98  24.40
 23  25  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  47.66  43.32  1:30.98  +3.03  24.81
 24  31  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  47.10  43.90  1:31.00  +3.05  24.97
 25  30  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT  47.42  43.79  1:31.21  +3.26  26.69
 26  9  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  46.44  44.84  1:31.28  +3.33  27.26
 27  24  56143 GRUENWALD Julia 1991 AUT  47.01  44.55  1:31.56  +3.61  29.55
 28  46  196803 MOUGEL Laurie 1988 FRA  47.55  44.46  1:32.01  +4.06  33.24
 29  49  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  47.66  44.60  1:32.26  +4.31  35.28
Disqualified 1st run
 21  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER
Did not start 1st run
 42  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 53  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED
 52  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA
 51  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO
 48  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI
 45  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT
 44  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER
 39  206532 SCHMOTZ Marlene 1994 GER
 38  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN
 37  539927 LAPANJA Lila 1994 USA
 35  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
 34  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN
 33  485802 TKACHENKO Ekaterina 1995 RUS
 32  206701 WILLIBALD Elisabeth 1996 GER
Did not finish 2nd run
 41  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI
 23  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 57  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA
 56  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA
 55  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT
 54  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA
 50  56199 KAPPAURER Elisabeth 1994 AUT
 47  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 43  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 36  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 29  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 22  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
 17  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE
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