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Mikaela Shiffrin wins Killington slalom in rout, ties Austrian legend

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Mikaela Shiffrin says that her biggest fan has been on her mind for every one of her ski races. When Shiffrin would get nervous, she would think of her grandmother, Pauline Condron, and remember how excited Nana was just to watch the show.

Sunday’s slalom in Killington, Vt., was no different.

Shiffrin won on American soil for the first time since Nana passed away on Oct. 22 at age 98. It came at the same venue where Nana watched Shiffrin race a World Cup in person for the first time three years ago (also a win).

“I normally am pretty good at compartmentalizing feelings and emotions,” Shiffrin said after winning the Killington slalom for the fourth straight year since it was added to the World Cup. “I didn’t want to feel like I was racing for her, but in a way I’m always racing for her because she was such a big supporter … and my biggest inspiration.”

Shiffrin’s voice cracked with emotion.

“There’s some feelings there that I’ve kind of put in a box, away, so I can focus on the racing,” she said. “At some point, I’m probably going to have to face that.”

Shiffrin raced like only she can — prevailing by 2.29 seconds over Slovakian Petra Vlhova. Swede Anna Swenn Larsson was third. Full results are here.

Shiffrin won by the largest margin for a women’s slalom in more than three years. She holds the record margin of 3.07 seconds from 2015.

With every Shiffrin victory comes more career milestones, even though she’s still just 24 years old.

On Sunday, she tied Austrian Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for fourth on the career World Cup wins list, and second among women. Only Marcel Hirscher (67), Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86) are ahead of her.

“The records keep going, don’t they?” Shiffrin said, laughing, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “It’s different from what Ingemar was able to do, or what Annemarie was able to do — to me, with these amazing racers, their records will last forever. It’s a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does.”

That team shifted this season.

Shiffrin’s mom and longtime primary coach, Eileen, stepped back from the latter role, in part to care for Nana. Shiffrin raced and won for the first time without her mom on site at a slalom in Levi, Finland, last week, according to The New York Times.

“She’s still playing the role of coach, she’s just doing it a little bit more from afar now,” Shiffrin, whose mom watched from the finish area in Killington on Sunday, said on NBC. “Like, we’ve been texting every single race. She’s watching and giving me pointers and little things, so we still discuss it a lot, which I love, because she’s like sort of my most trusted adviser for the longest time but she’s also been my best friend, so having her not be traveling as much this year is a little bit like splitting my heart in half.”

Shiffrin has been first or second in 21 of the last 22 World Cup slaloms, including each of the last 13 since the PyeongChang Olympics.

This season, she made the podiums of the first four races, building off her greatest campaign ever in 2018-19, when she won a record 17 World Cup races.

The World Cup continues next weekend with Shiffrin headlining the first downhills and super-G of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta. The men head to the lone U.S. stop on their tour in Beaver Creek, Colo., featuring two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety.

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Mikaela Shiffrin rallies for podium as Italy goes 1-2 in Killington giant slalom

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KILLINGTON, Vt (AP) — Victory eluded Mikaela Shiffrin once again in a World Cup giant slalom at Killington, edged into third place by an Italian 1-2 led by Marta Bassino on Saturday.

Bassino sealed a first career World Cup win by retaining her first-run lead to beat Federica Brignone by 0.26 seconds. Full results are here.

“Celebrating together with Federica fills me with even more pride,” said Bassino, whose teammate was first to greet her and hug her in the finish area. Brignone won this race last year.

Shiffrin was a further 0.03 back in third for a fourth straight top-five finish in GS at the Vermont venue without taking the win.

Still, the three-time defending overall World Cup champion extended her standings lead with a third podium finish to start the season. She also leads the giant slalom standings after two races.

“I felt pretty good with my skiing in both runs so, yeah, I’m pretty happy with the day,” Shiffrin said.

Shiffrin is favored to win a fourth straight Killington slalom on Sunday. NBC Sports’ full weekend broadcast schedule of World Cup Alpine skiing is here.

Brignone dedicated her podium finish to a friend, named Edoardo, who died “just hours ago” before the race in an avalanche on Mont Blanc on the border of France and Italy.

“My thoughts are with him,” said Brignone, who put down the fastest second run to rise from seventh.

Bassino is a former junior world champion in giant slalom, who had four previous third-place finishes on the World Cup circuit. She also placed fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics, where Shiffrin won and Brignone took bronze.

“I finally put together two runs,” Bassino said. “I tried to focus just on myself and to ski like I know how. Then I saw the green light and I thought, ‘Wow.’

“I hope this can be a turning point for my career. I knew I had a result like this in me, I just needed a spark to transform what I do every day into gold.”

Bassino clocked under 50 seconds in bright sunshine for each run which was shortened due to gusting winds at the scheduled start higher up the mountain.

Alice Robinson of New Zealand, who won the season-opening giant slalom last month at Soelden, Austria, failed to finish the first run, racing the day before she turns 18.

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Mikaela Shiffrin can move to No. 2 in history in Killington; TV, stream info

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As Mikaela Shiffrin heads to the lone World Cup stop in the U.S. this season, she is most bound to a 66-year-old from Austria and a 17-year-old from New Zealand.

Shiffrin would tie Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women’s World Cup career list with a 62nd win in Saturday’s giant slalom or Sunday’s slalom in Killington, Vt., airing live on NBC Sports.

The men race a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Alpine Skiing World Cup broadcast schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 9:40 a.m. Killington GS — Run 1 Olympic Channel
12:30 p.m. Killington GS — Run 2 NBCSN
2 p.m. Lake Louise DH Olympic Channel
3:30 p.m. Killington GS* NBC
9 p.m.* Lake Louise DH NBCSN
Sunday 9:40 a.m. Killington SL — Run 1 Olympic Channel
12:30 p.m. Killington SL — Run 2 NBC
2 p.m. Lake Louise SG NBC
7:30 p.m. Killington SL* NBCSN

All NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel broadcasts stream for subscribers on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. All Alpine skiing World Cup runs stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers.
*Same-day delayed broadcast

Shiffrin would pass Moser-Pröll by sweeping the Killington races, which she has yet to do in the first three years of what has become an annual stop. Only Moser-Pröll, Marcel Hirscher (67), Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86) have more overall victories than the 24-year-old Shiffrin.

Shiffrin won all three previous World Cup slaloms in Killington. She finished fifth, second and fourth in the three GS races there. Saturday’s GS again appears the tougher test for the American.

That’s largely because of Alice Robinson, the 17-year-old Kiwi who overtook Shiffrin in the season-opening GS in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 26. Robinson became the youngest race winner since Shiffrin nearly seven years ago.

The New Zealand sensation will decide Friday whether to race on Saturday, according to her Instagram. Robinson previously ruled out Killington in a Nov. 6 social media post, citing significant bone bruising from tweaking a knee in a pre-Soelden crash.

The three previous Killington GS winners — Italian Federica Brignone, German Viktoria Rebensburg and Frenchwoman Tessa Worley — are all expected to race Saturday.

Shiffrin also has a rival in Sunday’s slalom.

Slovakian Petra Vlhova, second to Shiffrin in Killington the last two years, was fastest in the first slalom run of the season last Saturday in Finland but skied out early in the second run. Shiffrin prevailed to break Stenmark’s record with a 41st career World Cup slalom victory, earning the traditional prize of a reindeer that she named Stenmark.

“I’m always thankful that we have a slalom race before Killington because I know that’s where people are more excited to see me skiing,” Shiffrin said in Finland. “Sometimes, that can add pressure. Having the race [in Finland] and to know that my good skiing is fast, that doesn’t take pressure off, but I’m on track.”

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