USA / Alpine Race
date of birth
March 15, 1995
Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Downhill
MIKAELA SHIFFRIN’S BLIND FLIGHT BACK TO THE THRONE
The conditions in the finale couldn’t have been more challenging for the halftime leader in Crans Montana. A soft and breaking race slope mixed with bad visibility weren’t the kind of ingredients you look for after a two-month break from racing. “I stood at the top, looking at the start and I was thinking, ‘Oh it doesn’t look too bad.’ Then I closed my eyes for about a minute, visualizing the course, and then when I opened them again I was like, ‘Hey, where did the slope go?’ Some of the girls had really bad visibility. I had OK visibility, I was struggling to see but at least I could see a bit.“ In the end the „Lady in Red“ finished 0.45 seconds faster than her peers. “I’m very proud of that!” Also Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner rejoiced when he learnt about the sensational news on his way back from Tokyo. “We knew that Mikaela would be in good shape standing in the starting gates but we didn’t really expect her to win.” Shiffrin now is targeting the Super-G in Andorra in 11 days from today. “That depends how training goes”, said Mikaela, who can’t wait for her next endeavours.