Mikaela: Back on Top with Win #70 in Sölden
Mikaela Shiffrin Wins First World Cup Race of the Season
Well, that’s a heck of a way to start the World Cup Season in an Olympic year! Mikaela Shiffrin took first place in the very first event of the year. She placed first in Giant Slalom on Saturday in Sölden, Austria, edging out Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland by just 0.14 seconds! After the race, Mikaela said, “Starting off the season strong is important.” Sure doesn’t get much stronger than winning right out of the gates.
The win marks the 70th time Mikaela has stood at the top of the World Cup Podium. The victory was her 13th in Giant Slalom. She gets to go after #71 in Parallel Slalom in her next race in Lech Zürs, Austria, on November 13th.
Mikaela wasn’t the only one who started the season on the right foot. Many of the U.S. Ski Team put their best ski boot forward over the weekend. The women’s team had four finishers in the top 25 of the Giant Slalom, including a career best 9th for @nina_obrien.
And on the Men’s’ slopes, 23 year old, River Radamus, lead the way for the U.S. with a career best 6th place finish in Giant Slalom. Both teams, looked young, strong, and focused. A very exciting start indeed! So watch out world, these eagles are flying high as we head to the Olympics this February in Beijing!
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