ASPEN, Colo. – Mikaela Shiffrin made it two-for-two today, winning her second slalom this winter and fifth in a row stretching back to last season. Her winning margin of 2.65 seconds over Swede Frida Hansdotter in second and the Czech Republic’s Sarka Strachova in third proved that yesterday’s record-breaking 3.07 second victory was no fluke.

This streak makes Shiffrin the first racer since Marlies Schild to win five slaloms in a row, an accomplishment the Austrian achieved during the 2011-2012 season. However, Shiffrin will have to win the next seven slaloms in order to eclipse Swiss legend Vreni Schneider’s all-time record of 12 sequential slalom wins stretching from 1988-1990.

With the way things have been going for Shiffrin lately, that record may not stand much longer.

“I just tried to kind of do a replay of yesterday,” Shiffrin said of her performance. “I’m like, ‘Forget that yesterday happened, just do the same exact thing.’ It was actually funny, a lot of the day today felt like some of the exact same stuff happened, and I just did the same things and it worked, so that was good.”

The margins of victory over the last two days have been nothing short of spectacular, but Shiffrin feels that she has yet to see the full potential of her competitors. “Sometimes I’m surprised at the times, but I think that’s how I’m skiing. I think that probably the other girls, maybe there were some things that were tricky for them these past two days. So I think actually their level is probably higher than what they showed. It’s a little bit scary, actually, because there’s a little target painted on my back now. Nobody likes to get beat by three seconds, and I would hate to be in that position.”

After being asked whether she demonstrated her best skiing this weekend, Shiffrin’s response may strike fear into the hearts of those hoping to steal a slalom victory of their own this season. “It takes me like eight runs to get into it (in training), so I don’t know if you’ll ever see my very best skiing in a race.”

Hansdotter leaves Aspen with two podiums of her own, a runner-up performance today added to her third-place result from yesterday.

“It felt good, really good on the top and then on the bottom sort of not, but I take some good parts with me and I know what to do. For me it’s really good and really fun to have a good start of the slalom season, to have podiums here. I’m looking forward to the next race.”

She also explained what makes Aspen such a unique and challenging venue for the women’s World Cup.

“I really like it here – I love the hill. But it’s both challenging with the terrain and also with the snow. It’s different from the top and to the bottom. I would say it’s more dry the closer you come to the finish,” reasoned the Swede.

For Strachova, who has won the slalom twice in Aspen (2008 and 2009), returning to the podium at a venue where she’s had previous success is a welcome start to her 2015-16 campaign.

“This podium is really important for me because it’s at the beginning of the season and it gives me a lot of self-confidence. I’m all the time really quite nervous before the season starts, and this is a great start to the season. And I think that I can now build on these results,” concluded Strachova.

For Canada’s Erin Mielzynski, her fourth-place finish marks the first time she’s found herself inside of the top five since a podium result in Zagreb, Croatia, in January of 2013.

“It feels good, I think it’s been almost three years since I’ve had a top five. It feels really good and I think you learn a lot from your struggles, it’s hard to overcome them sometimes,” said Mielzynski. “You learn from it and you can only get stronger.”

Mielzynski’s lone World Cup victory came in 2012 when she was victorious in the slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany. For her, a return to that form isn’t very far away. “What’s exciting is that I’m not satisfied with the skiing that happened today. I just wasn’t satisfied, it wasn’t the way I’ve been training. There were moments of it that were amazing and really fun, but I have to get that top-to-bottom.”

American Resi Stiegler proved her resilience once more in just her second race returning from injury, finishing in a tie for 10th with France’s Anne-Sophie Barthet. This was Stiegler’s best World Cup finish since a ninth-place result in the same Zagreb slalom as Mielzynski’s podium.

“It was awesome, actually. I was pretty nervous and getting a little bit tired, you know,” said Stiegler. “I just got in the gate and I was like, ‘You are working that ski as hard as you can all the way to the bottom, you don’t have to go crazy, you just have to push harder.’ I’m pretty happy with how it ended, I would have liked to come down with the green light, but I thought, ‘OK, that’s good enough, hopefully we can move up.'”

Looking forward towards the next slalom in Are, Sweden, on Dec. 13, Shiffrin downplayed her dominance this weekend, perhaps taking some pressure off before her anticipated World Cup speed debut this week in Canada. “I think that there are plenty of races left this season and yesterday and today were pretty incredible, definitely for me and for the U.S. Ski Team. But I don’t expect that to happen in the next races. In Are, the Swedish girls crush in Are. It’s a different slope, not so much terrain all over the place so I think there will be a lot less of a time gap.”

The ladies’ tour now moves to Lake Louise, Canada, for downhill and super G races from Dec. 4-6.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

1 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
3 Strachova, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
4 Mielzynski, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Thalmann, Head/Head/Head
6 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Vlhova, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Loeseth, Volkl/Lange/Marker
9 Chable, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
10 Barthet, Head/Head/Head
10 Stiegler, Rosssignol/Lange/Rossignol

  • Women’s World Cup slalom, Aspen, USA, Nov. 29, 2015. … It is the fourth of 41 races on the women’s World Cup schedule, the second of 10 scheduled slaloms. … It is the originally scheduled Aspen slalom. … It is the 75th World Cup race hosted by Aspen … the 23rd slalom. … Mikaela Shiffrin won the last slalom (yesterday) by a record margin of 3.07 seconds. … It is the third and final Aspen race this season and the last in the U.S. for the women.
  • It is the 17th career World Cup win for Mikaela Shiffrin, her 16th in slalom and her second of the weekend.  … It is the 290th U.S. World Cup win and the 74th in slalom. … The last U.S. win in slalom not gained by Shiffrin came from Lindsey Vonn in 2009.
  • It is the 18th career World Cup podium placing for Frida Hansdotter, all of them in slalom. … It is her third podium at Aspen, the last of those coming yesterday.
  • It is the 13th career World Cup podium for Sarka Strachova, her third at Aspen and first since 2009.
  • It is the third best career World Cup placing for Erin Mielzynski and best since 2013. … It is the 19th career World Cup top 10 for Resi Stiegler. … It is her best placing since 2013. … It is the fourth scoring result of the season for Marie-Michele Gagnon in four chances.
  • Shiffrin has command of the World Cup overall standings 280-195 over Hansdotter. … Federica Brignone (first run DNF) is third with 160pts. … Mielzynski leads the Canadian team in 14th with 76pts.
  • Sweden leads the women’s Nations Cup 455-429 over Italy. … The US is third with 322pts. … Canada is seventh with 161pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  4  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  47.73  52.45  1:40.18  0.00
 2  3  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  49.72  53.11  1:42.83  +2.65  19.05
 3  5  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  49.42  53.66  1:43.08  +2.90  20.84
 4  15  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  50.30  53.29  1:43.59  +3.41  24.51
 5  13  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT  50.80  53.02  1:43.82  +3.64  26.16
 6  14  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  50.49  53.55  1:44.04  +3.86  27.74
 7  25  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  50.12  54.04  1:44.16  +3.98  28.60
 8  7  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  50.14  54.05  1:44.19  +4.01  28.82
 9  30  516334 CHABLE Charlotte 1994 SUI  51.25  52.95  1:44.20  +4.02  28.89
 10  37  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  51.35  52.90  1:44.25  +4.07  29.25
 10  19  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  51.17  53.08  1:44.25  +4.07  29.25
 12  2  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  50.32  53.97  1:44.29  +4.11  29.54
 13  12  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  50.94  53.40  1:44.34  +4.16  29.90
 14  8  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  50.82  53.68  1:44.50  +4.32  31.05
 15  11  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  51.08  53.43  1:44.51  +4.33  31.12
 16  24  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  50.46  54.22  1:44.68  +4.50  32.34
 17  51  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT  51.21  53.56  1:44.77  +4.59  32.99
 18  41  56143 GRUENWALD Julia 1991 AUT  51.94  52.93  1:44.87  +4.69  33.71
 19  18  196803 MOUGEL Laurie 1988 FRA  50.97  54.12  1:45.09  +4.91  35.29
 20  6  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  50.87  54.31  1:45.18  +5.00  35.94
 21  29  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE  51.41  53.82  1:45.23  +5.05  36.29
 22  27  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  51.92  53.41  1:45.33  +5.15  37.01
 23  26  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  52.02  53.37  1:45.39  +5.21  37.44
 24  17  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE  51.53  54.32  1:45.85  +5.67  40.75
 25  53  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  51.94  54.70  1:46.64  +6.46  46.43
Disqualified 1st run
 49  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO
Did not start 1st run
 22  506583 SAEFVENBERG Charlotta 1994 SWE
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 67  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah 1979 MEX
 66  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL
 65  155586 KMOCHOVA Tereza 1990 CZE
 64  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 61  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA
 60  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO
 59  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT
 58  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND
 57  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 56  539927 LAPANJA Lila 1994 USA
 55  298124 AGNELLI Nicole 1992 ITA
 54  516265 GMUER Chiara 1993 SUI
 50  56258 AGER Christina 1995 AUT
 48  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
 46  205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER
 45  206701 WILLIBALD Elisabeth 1996 GER
 44  355061 HILZINGER Jessica 1997 GER
 43  56126 ZELLER Lisa-Maria 1992 AUT
 42  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
 40  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT
 39  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE
 38  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA
 35  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko 1983 JPN
 34  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO
 33  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT
 32  539909 MOLTZAN Paula 1994 USA
 31  306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN
Did not finish 2nd run
 62  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 23  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA
 20  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA
 10  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA
 9  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 63  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA
 52  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 47  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER
 36  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN
 28  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER
 21  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE
 16  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER
 1  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK
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