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Mikaela Shiffrin rallies in parallel slalom for third straight World Cup win

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Mikaela Shiffrin earned a third straight World Cup win, her fifth in nine races this season and the 48th of her career, taking a parallel slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday. But it was close.

The Olympic slalom and giant slalom champion cruised through the bracket-format event before a close final. Shiffrin qualified fastest by .48 of a second, then won each of her four head-to-head rounds by clear margins (1.31, .62, .2 and .56) before rallying to beat Slovakian Petra Vlhova by .11 in the final.

Last December, Shiffrin edged Vlhova by .04 in a parallel slalom.

“I saw the look in her eyes before the final at the start,” Shiffrin said of her younger rival. “I was thinking, ooh, she really wants to beat me.”

Shiffrin made an early mistake in the final and trailed Vlhova midway down the side-by-side courses before pushing ahead in the last several gates.

“I was going a little bit off the course, and I could see her next to me, just ahead,” Shiffrin said. “She was going faster and faster, and I was thinking, oh, no, you’re giving it away.”

Shiffrin is the first woman to win five of the first nine races in a season since Lindsey Vonn in 2011.

“If you want to beat her,” Vlhova said, “you have to go without any mistake.”

Shiffrin, who has been a little ill in St. Moritz, will skip next week’s downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy. Her next expected starts are a Dec. 21-22 giant slalom and slalom in Courchevel, France.

If Shiffrin wins that slalom, she will tie Austrian Marlies Schild‘s record 35 slalom victories. If she wins both Courchevel races, Shiffrin will tie Alberto Tomba for seventh on the World Cup list with 50 victories.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wins another super-G, moves up World Cup all-time list

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Mikaela Shiffrin cautioned after winning her first super-G on Sunday — at her most familiar speed-race venue in Canada — that it might not augur success in speed events the rest of the season.

Well, Shiffrin won another super-G in Switzerland on Saturday.

The Olympic slalom and giant slalom champion conquered the St. Moritz course by .28 of a second over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Full results are here.

“I really did not expect to win today,” Shiffrin said, adding that she’s “a little bit sick.” “I was trying to … forget that I won the [Sunday] race and forget that I had, maybe, expectations.”

It’s Shiffrin’s 47th World Cup win, breaking a tie with retired Austrian Renate Götschl for fourth on the women’s all-time list behind Lindsey Vonn (82), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62) and Vreni Schneider (55). Götschl started a record 408 World Cups; Shiffrin passed her in her 139th start at age 23.

She joined Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso as the only U.S. women to win multiple World Cup super-Gs. Vonn is out, likely until January, with a knee injury from a November training crash and is expected to retire a year from now. Mancuso retired last season.

Shiffrin has now won half of the eight races this season, taking a 293-point standings lead as she chases a third straight World Cup overall crown. She picked up her 33rd and 34th slalom victories, plus her maiden super-G wins in her ninth and 10th starts in the discipline. She became the seventh woman to earn World Cup wins in all five disciplines over a career.

Shiffrin is a clear favorite for another win in a parallel slalom on Sunday in St. Moritz (Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, 7:30 a.m. ET).

Shiffrin, who is selective when it comes to entering speed races, will skip the following World Cup downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, according to The Associated Press.

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Man lives in Olympic Stadium

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Rolf Sachs greets visitors at one of his homes by saying, “Welcome to the Olympic Stadium.”

Sachs, reportedly an investment banker turned furniture designer from London, owns a unique building — the press box and changing rooms of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic Stadium in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

CNN is the latest outlet to report on Sachs, who reportedly acquired the land about a decade ago.

It also includes the outdoor area that hosted Opening and Closing Ceremonies, hockey games and speed skating events.

“I am very connected with St. Moritz. I thought it was an iconic building that we absolutely had to preserve, so I thought to make a house out of it,” Sachs said, according to CNN. “I even had a public vote here in St. Moritz and finally got the permit. And now it’s a very, very happy home for all my family and friends.”.

In 2010, the Daily Telegraph in Britain profiled Sachs’ Olympic Stadium home, calling it “a submarine-like structure” measuring 98×28 feet that had been abandoned for 20 years.

Sachs has an Olympic flag flying high when he’s home. Inside, he has a 1948 Olympic gold medal.

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