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Alpine ski player Shiffrin gets first victory of World Cup season

Alpine ski player Shiffrin gets first victory of World Cup season

Posted November. 28, 2017 08:44,   

Updated November. 28, 2017 09:21


American Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin has picked up her first victory of the season at the World Cup, moving one step closer to a possible triumph at the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Shiffrin dominated the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup slalom at Killington, Vermont on Sunday (local time), with a combined time of 1 minute and 40.91 seconds after two runs. Following her win last year, this was her 32nd World Cup victory including 26 slalom races she has won since her debut, and the 6th win she earned in the United States, her homeland.

With the latest win, Shiffrin brought herself to the top in the World Cup overall standings with 305 points. In the last season, the 22-year-old player finished second at the slalom while coming in second and fifth at the two rounds of giant slalom, respectively.

Shiffrin’s gold medal on Sunday was more significant as she finally defeated Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, the winner of the previous two slalom games, by 1.64 seconds pushing her to the second place in the world rankings at 221 points.

Becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the age of 16, Shiffrin is one of the star players in the sport of ski with her outstanding skills and striking looks. Her next goal she told reporters at the last Olympics was to become a “quintuple medalist” at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which saw the potential to become a reality on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kjetil Jansrud won the World Cup Super-G held at Lake Louise, Canada, on the same day. The Norwegian player had also won the downhill at the first test event for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics held at Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, in February last year.

Jae-Hyeng Kim monami@donga.com