Mikaela Shiffrin’s late mistake costs win in last slalom before Olympics


Not the momentum Mikaela Shiffrin hoped to carry into the Olympics.

The world’s best all-around skier lost her balance with a few slalom gates left, en route to sure victory, and skied out in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Shiffrin led by 1.09 seconds at the final intermediate split before the uncharacteristic mistake.

She worked her way back up to the missed gate and straddled it for a DNF.

Slovakian Petra Vlhova ended Shiffrin’s streak of five straight traditional World Cup slalom wins.

It was Shiffrin’s last race before the Olympics, her manager said, according to The Associated Press.

Full results are here.

Shiffrin goes into PyeongChang with these results in her last five races: 7th, DNF, DNF, 7th, DNF, albeit two of those were speed races that Shiffrin does not favor.

The women’s World Cup continues with a head-to-head slalom event in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Shiffrin leads the overall standings by 751 points with 10 wins this season.

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