Shiffrin leads World Cup slalom, closes on 40th career win

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

The overall victor from past year - who has also taken four slalom crystal globes in her career - will be confident of maintaining her title, with the 18th of 38 races taking place on Sunday with a slalom in Kranjska Gora. The American is the first female skier with three straight wins at the start of a year since Vreni Schneider of Switzerland achieved the feat in 1989.

While the 33-year-old Vonn added her 78th career win at a super-G in France last month, Shiffrin earned her 39th victory at a giant slalom on Saturday. "To be honest, I am not really counting". "So it's so cool now that I can be a contender for the win in both slalom and GS".

"It's a good way to put it that I am not competing, I am just enjoying every turn that I make, to make every turn aggressive", Shiffrin said. Only Austrian standout Annemarie Moser-Proell won more races (41) at that age.

Having won 20 of the last 25 slaloms she entered, it's hard to see past Shiffrin for gold at the Pyeongchang Games, even if the American doesn't regard herself unbeatable by any means. "I am always looking to do the skiing that I do in training".

Unsurprisingly, Shiffrin leads both the slalom and overall World Cup rankings by a healthy margin, with Holdener second in the overall standings, 721 points behind. Goggia's Italian teammate Federica Brignone was 0.98 behind in sixth after winning the previous GS, in Lienz eight days ago.

"A lot of the girls have been sick so I didn't feel like it was an excuse for today". Then on Sunday, Shiffrin claimed a slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for win No. 40, tying her for 11th place on the all-time wins list with Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland.

On Sunday, she had already built up a 1.47 second lead after the first run ahead of Hansdotter and she increased that again on her second to finish on 1:43.50. "I don't know if a ideal run is even possible, but it was very close". "I am really happy with my skiing". That's really exciting for me.

"Normally I try to forget about the first run and think like it would be a new race", Shiffrin said. "I don't want to throw (the big lead) away".

This time, she said, "it's not like dreaming".

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