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Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin of U.S. earns 5th WCup slalom win

Published March 15, 2014 6:17 pm

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Lenzerheide, Switzerland • American Mikaela Shiffrin completed her exceptional slalom season with a fifth World Cup win on Saturday.

The Olympic champion was 1.44 seconds faster than any rival in one of the longest women's slaloms in World Cup history. Shiffrin already clinched her second straight World Cup title in the discipline last weekend with a win in Sweden.

"I am very proud. One of my goals this year was to hold on to the slalom globe," she said.

She had a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 4.54 seconds. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was second and Marlies Schild of Austria was third.

"I did a pretty good job the first run I guess so I felt more comfortable the second run, and just trying to hold on to it," Shiffrin said.

Shiffrin led the standings from start to finish after winning the season-opening race in November at Levi, Finland. Her ninth career World Cup victory on Saturday came two days after her 19th birthday.

Shiffrin will also race the season-ending giant slalom on Sunday.

Only four racers were within 2 seconds of Shiffrin on a tiring end-of-season course Saturday.

"You have to try to just be as efficient as you can and not waste any energy," Shiffrin said after the first run. "Try to just stay close to the gates as you can, make sure you are moving quick in between and let your skis do the rest of the work."

Tina Maze of Slovenia, whom Shiffrin edged for the slalom title in a thrilling race here last season, was 5.65 seconds back in the morning and did not start the second leg. —

Women's World Cup slalom results

Saturday

At Lenzerheide, Switzerland

1. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 2:04.54 (1:05.42-59.12).

2. Frida Hansdotter, Sweden, 2:05.98 (1:06.99-58.99).

3. Marlies Schild, Austria, 2:06.20 (1:07.50-58.70).

4. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:06.22 (1:07.42-58.80).

5. Wendy Holdener, Switzerland, 2:06.24 (1:07.59-58.65).

6. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:06.65 (1:07.99-58.66).

7. Sarka Strachova, Czech Republic, 2:06.86 (1:07.18-59.68).

8. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 2:07.35 (1:07.12-1:00.23).

9. Chiara Costazza, Italy, 2:07.62 (1:08.87-58.75).

10. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 2:07.73 (1:09.07-58.66).

11. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 2:08.27 (1:09.25-59.02).

12. Denise Feierabend, Switzerland, 2:08.51 (1:08.48-1:00.03).

13. Barbara Wirth, Germany, 2:08.74 (1:09.67-59.07).

14. Carmen Thalmann, Austria, 2:09.72 (1:09.67-1:00.05).

15. Christina Ager, Austria, 2:10.49 (1:10.49-1:00.00).

World Cup Slalom Standings

Final

1. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 638 points.

2. Frida Hansdotter, Sweden, 488.

3. Marlies Schild, Austria, 385.

4. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 308.

5. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 234.

6. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 232.

7. Bernadette Schild, Austria, 220.

8. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 204.

9. Anna Swenn-Larsson, Sweden, 195.

10. Wendy Holdener, Switzerland, 186.

Also

29. Resi Stiegler, United States, 43.

Overall World Cup Standings

(After 31 events)

1. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1271.

2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 1180.

3. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1056.

4. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 964.

5. Tina Weirather, Liechtenstein, 943.

6. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 873.

7. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 640.

8. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 607.

9. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 575.

10. Frida Hansdotter, Sweden, 514.

Also

23. Julia Mancuso, United States, 306.

26. Stacey Cook, United States, 247.

52. Leanne Smith, United States, 115.

68. Lindsey Vonn, United States, 69.

80. Laurenne Ross, United States, 43.

80. Resi Stiegler, United States, 43.

96. Jacqueline Wiles, United States, 20.

102. Megan McJames, United States, 13.

108. Julia Ford, United States, 10.