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Make it five straight slalom wins for Shiffrin

January 09. 2018 11:36PM
Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. celebrates with the trophy after winning the women's slalom at Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

FLACHAU, Austria — Mikaela Shiffrin left her rivals trailing again as she won the slalom in Flachau on Tuesday to claim her fifth successive World Cup race victory.

Despite finishing the first leg of the floodlight race in second place, Shiffrin, who grew up in Lyme, N.H., charged down the course on her second run to win the race by a margin of 0.94 seconds.

It was the 22-year-old’s eighth victory in the last nine races in all disciplines, her form peaking at the perfect time with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang one month away, and the 41st World Cup win of her career.

Shiffrin is widely expected to retain the Olympic slalom title she won at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, as well as having a shot at gold medals in the giant slalom and Super G.

Shiffrin said she was nervous after finishing tied for third at the same venue last year and was glad to have won a race after trailing on the first leg.

“Maybe I needed to do that tonight,” she told Austrian broadcaster ORF. “I was a bit anxious about this race and I made some mistakes on the first run. On the second, I finally got what I wanted from this hill.”

Shiffrin, who won her maiden overall World Cup title last season, tops the overall standings with 1,381 points, a lead of 821 over second-placed Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

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