In the latest episode of “In My Head”, Mikaela Shiffrin recounts the Lienz giant slalom, a race that defined her season. After coming off of a tough performance in the Courchevel giant slalom where she finished outside of the top 15 for the first time in years, Shiffrin had taken some time prior to Lienz to reevaluate herself and her skiing.

“The amount of hurt that I felt after Courchevel, not that I came in 17th but that I skied to deserve 17th, and that I just wasn’t doing my job the way I want to be doing it…I had to change a lot of things last week, and also change my attitude, coming into this race not expecting to win, and knowing I don’t deserve to win,” she reported after the race in Lienz.

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Shiffrin countered her early-season setback with a ferocious win the Lienz giant slalom, a discipline where she has always felt insecure.

“This race was probably the most important of my season,” Shiffrin recalled in her video analysis. “It was my first GS after Courchevel which I don’t like to talk about. I felt like I had to rebuild my confidence in GS I guess after that race and I took some time blocking myself off from the world to get back to business. Going into this race it was still really difficult to feel that confidence. After this race more than excitement I just felt relief.”

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Associate Editor – Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ She moved out west in search of mountains and attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Salt Lake City and serves as Associate Editor for Ski Racing Media.

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  1. The Lienz GS was a major turning point. I watched the event replay of the race, and the reactions of the athletes on the podium afterwards, Mikie`s main competitors were visibly in shock. Once, she won decisively in their strongest discipline, GS. They really looked defeated at that point

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