Shiffrin demonstrates her winning technique
Photo from Denver Post
Mikaela Shiffrin, 18-year old ski racing phenom from Vail, Colorado, won the Flachau slalom decisively, beating her opponents by almost a second in a race in which hundredths of a second often separate rival skiers.
After her first run, she was ahead by 0.9 seconds, an almost unbeatable advantage. Her second run was not as fast as the first, but she still beat the runner ups, Frida Hansdotter, by 0.83sec, and Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 1.14 seconds.
This leaves Shiffrin, current slalom world champion and winner of last year’s World Cup crystal globe in slalom, in a dominant position for the upcoming Olympics.
Watch the video of her first run, which the Austrian commentator describes as her skiing with “perfect technique” and ends by saying after her first run, that “the race is really over”.
The Austrian commentator notes her stable upper body,a nd describes her skiing as resembling a “graceful waltz”, but a very fast waltz!
For my ski students, note how her upper body faces downhill and is very calm and stable, while her legs turn under her .. very fast!
Shiffrin has won six of the last 10 slalom races, which gives her the lead in the World Cup rankings with 402 points ahead of Hansdotter with 258 points - a nice position to be in just before the Sochi Olympics.