Germany’s Lena Duerr snags her first World Cup win in final race before World Champs in Schladming

With her third-place finish in the Moscow City Event, Mikaela Shiffrin boosted her World Cup slalom lead to 33 points over top challenger Tina Maze Tuesday.

Lena Duerr, of Germany, captured her first World Cup victory, and Veronika Velez Zuzulova, winner of the city event in Munich, finished second. Maze was a bit further back in the pack, tied for fifth.

“It’s always tough because you’re always really aware that someone is right next to you and they’re racing you,” said Shiffrin. “You’re wondering if you’re ahead or behind. If you’re ahead, why are you ahead? Where are they? A lot of the time you wind up waiting for your opponent, wondering where they are. But it’s really fun.”

Shiffrin lost in the semifinal round to the day’s ultimate winner, Duerr. With the result she picked up 20 more points on Maze in the slalom standing. With two races left in the season, it’s probably going to come down to the wire.

“I’m not thinking about it much, just taking it day by day,” said Shiffrin. “I felt really confident in my skiing … It’s really fun when you can just rip. That was my goal for today. Getting the points is an added bonus.”

Duerr pleasantly surprised herself with the win in the final race before the World Championships in Schladming.

“So exciting, It was so much fun. I’ve not had so much fun in racing,” said Duerr. “I knew anything was possible in this race, but this is pretty unexpected.”

City Event Moscow (RUS)
FIS World Cup
Ladies’ City Event
Jan. 29, 2013

Rank    Name Year Nation
 1 DUERR Lena  1991  GER 
 2 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK 
 3 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA 
 4 HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI 
 5 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT 
 5 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN 
 5 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE 
 5 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO 
 9 SOROKINA Anna  1990  RUS 
 9 PHELAN Brittany  1991  CAN 
 9 THALMANN Carmen  1989  AUT 
 9 DAUM Alexandra  1986  AUT 
 9 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT 
 9 SCHILD Bernadette  1990  AUT 
 9 GEIGER Christina  1990  GER 

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Geoff Mintz
Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.



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