Mikaela Shiffrin wins again !
Posted by sibylle in skiing, women, Europe, Colorado (Tuesday January 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm)


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.

4 comments for Mikaela Shiffrin wins again ! »

  1. Hi Sibylle
    This is a climbing partner from Yosemite 71-75
    Do you remember Diana ?

    Comment by Diana Ihlenfeldt Anida — January 18, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

  2. Yes, Diana, I do remember! Where are you now? still climbing?

    Comment by sibylle — January 18, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

  3. Hi Sibylle great to hear from you, I live is Idaho SV now - 32 yrs. I ski every day & Mt bike/hike. My last climb 27 yrs. ago at City of rocks, as you may remember my last rescue in Y was my two best buddies David &Tim, My hearts not in it. Glad you are still out there for us great woman of the ropes. lets keep in touch now we can. My best to you. Di

    Comment by Diana Ihlenfeldt Anida — January 18, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

  4. Actually, Diana, I never knew that. When Dave and Tim died, I was in school in Orange County, and though I heard about it later, that’s not quite the same!

    Comment by sibylle — April 13, 2014 @ 11:04 am

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