Mikaela Shiffrin remained the measure of all things in the last women’s competition of the alpine ski season, the giant slalom at the World Cup final in Soldeu.
Despite spring-like conditions that made for extremely soft snow, the US-American had two top runs and took the win just ahead of Norway’s Thea Louise Stjernesund (+0.06s) and Canada’s Valerie Grenier (+0.20s). her 88th World Cup victory, including the 21st in giant slalom.
With this success, the 28-year-old broke another old-time record, namely that of the Swiss Vreni Schneider, who won a giant slalom exactly 20 times between 1983 and 1995.
Shiffrin with great respect for competitors
This fact made Shiffrin shine again over both ears. “I just feel great. All the women fought really hard in the second round, so in the end I was really just ahead. Next year I want to come back and do exactly the same thing again. Congratulations to everyone for a great season,” said Shiffrin in an interview with the FIS that her partner, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, conducted with her.
When asked flatteringly what her secret was to Kilde’s 88 World Cup successes so far, she replied with a laugh: “I don’t know, tell me. I just think it’s important to keep at it.”
After all the hardships of the past season, the American was looking forward to her time at home. “In the coming weeks I’ll be going back home, I’m looking forward to some beach time and my family,” Shiffrin continued.
With today’s victory, the 28-year-old is only twelve wins away from the historic 100 mark, which she could possibly break in the coming season.
Haaser scores after injury comeback
In addition to the big Shiffrin show, another actor was able to celebrate her comeback.
After a short injury break, Ricarda Haaser made it to 13th place with a first run, which brought her sixth place, and was thus able to score again at the end of the season.
“I can’t blame myself today, I tried to attack and gave everything,” said the second best ÖSV woman today behind Franziska Gritsch, who finished twelfth.
Despite her medal at the World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Meribel, Haaser only took stock of the season with mixed feelings.
“The medal at the World Championships was a cool experience, it was just a great run from me back then. Otherwise, the results were always lacking, in the end we didn’t have a top result apart from the one in Courchevel. But I still think that we In the last few races we were able to show again and again that we are not as bad as we are usually assumed to be,” said the 29-year-old in the “ORF” interview.
Haaser’s knees are “quite good”
When asked how her knee, which was probably not yet fully healed, was doing, Haaser answered succinctly: “My knee is doing quite well, thank you.”
The Alpine Ski World Cup season came to a worthy end in Soldeu with the women’s giant slalom and the subsequent men’s slalom (All information >>>).
The athletes are now going on vacation and then full of energy into the preparations for the season, because there are just under seven months until the first race in the 2023/24 season.
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