Mikaela Shiffrin has set a goal of winning a World Cup giant slalom. She hasn’t done that yet, but the 19-year-old notched her first U.S. Championship in the event Thursday.
Shiffrin, the Olympic, world and World Cup champion in slalom, prevailed in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 30.93 seconds in Squaw Valley, Calif.
She dusted the field by 1.88 seconds, including 2006 Olympic giant slalom champ Julia Mancuso and Canada’s best all-around skier, Marie-Michele Gagnon.
“This event was definitely a confidence booster,” Shiffrin said. “Even before coming into here, I knew what I had to do with my GS, what I needed to improve on. I kind of wanted to use this a test, to really see if it works. So far, it’s good.”
Shiffrin has won giant slalom races before, three times in lower-level Nor-Am Cups and once at a National Championships in Liechtenstein on Feb. 4, 2012. She made two World Cup giant slalom podiums this season, finished fifth at the Olympics and seventh in the World Cup standings.
In 2013, Shiffrin finished second to Mancuso in the National Championships giant slalom, also at Squaw Valley.