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Taking the lead in Friday’s slalom race, the 28-year-old American continues her winning streak on the World Cup circuit, bringing her career total to 93 victories.

Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin

On Friday, December 29, in Lienz, Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin won her fifth 2023/24 Alpine skiing FIS World Cup victory of the season, her third in slalom. She did so with sheer dominance.

After leading her teammate Paula Moltzan by a comfortable 1.14 seconds after the first run, the American’s 93rd career World Cup victory looked all but certain. But Moltzan’s slide off on her second descent close to the finish ended the American team’s hopes of finishing first and second.

Thus, going into the final run, Shiffrin had a commanding 1.66-second lead over Lena Duerr of Germany, who eventually finished second and rose three places from her first run’s fifth place.

The 28-year-old skied freely to extend her lead without any pressure on her back, crossing the finish line in a combined time of 1:48.75 to defeat Duerr by an impressive 2.34 seconds.

After trailing Shiffrin by 2.45 seconds, Michelle Gisin of Switzerland finished third.

Yes, it’s crazy. For me, today held great significance. Following his ski run, Shiffrin told FIS TV, “I felt perfect, so super happy.” We have been steadily advancing through the season up until this point (around Christmas) for the past few years, and I suppose it finally clicks.

The initial run of these courses differed greatly from the second run. I simply had a really good plan; it was just very different in timing and flow.

Petra Vlhova, Shiffrin’s competitor and the winner of the other two slalom races this season, finished well behind schedule. After only the first run, the Slovak was 2.41 seconds behind Shiffrin and finished third, 3.24 seconds behind the American.

The women will now compete in another giant slalom and slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on January 6–7, 2024.

Results of the women’s slalom on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the Lienz FIS World Cup (top 10)

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1:48.75
  2. Lena Duerr (GER) +2.34
  3. Michelle Gisin (SUI) +2.45
  4. Anna Swenn Larsson (SWE) +2.94
  5. Petra Vlhova (SVK) +3.24
  6. Katharina Huber (AUT) +3.31
  7. Katharina Gallhuber (AUT) +3.43
  8. Katharina Liensberger (AUT) +3.46
  9. Nicole Good (CAN) +3.47
  10. Katharina Truppe (AUT) +3.49

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