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Shiffrin Second in Jasna Giant Slalom; Hurt Seventh

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 20 2024
Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the podium with Sweden's Sara Hector and New Zealand's Alice Robinson.
Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the podium in second, with Sweden's Sara Hector in first and New Zealand's Alice Robinson in third. (Getty Images).

Mikaela Shiffrin started the weekend in Jasna, Slovakia with a solid second-place finish in the giant slalom behind Sweden's Sara Hector on Saturday, Jan. 20. A challenging first run knocked many of the tour's top giant slalom skiers off their game. Still, Shiffrin was able to hang on in the slick, turny course and make the best out of a day that took a turn for the worse for many, including her rival in the overall and slalom standings, Petra Vlhova.

The weekend was meant to celebrate one of the sport's fiercest rivalries, highlighting the ongoing battle between Shiffrin and Slovakia's hometown hero – Vlhova. However, Vlhova's first run ended in a crash and an unfortunate ACL injury, taking her out of competition for the remainder of the season. 

"Of course, it was a bittersweet day for many reasons," Shiffrin wrote in an Instagram post following the race. "The sport will not be the same without your energy, beautiful skiing and our battles, but I know you'll come back hungrier and stronger"

Shiffrin's 149th career World Cup podium bumped her up in the giant slalom standings, where she currently sits in third. She maintains her lead in the overall standings as well.

AJ Hurt had another career-best finish, skiing into seventh in the giant slalom, her first top-10 result in the discipline. Hurt's score on Saturday bumped her into the top 15 of the women's World Cup giant slalom standings and continues to boost her confidence for the remainder of the season as she looks to build on the new-found consistency she is having in her skiing on race day.

"The snow was very icy, and I was a little nervous because usually I'm not as strong on ice, but I feel like the confidence from the last few weeks has really helped. I knew if I just skied the way I've been training and the way I've done the last few races that I could put down a few good runs, so it feels good to do that," said Hurt.

Paula Moltzan clocked a top-20 finish in the giant slalom, finishing the day 16th overall. The Bocock sisters, Mary and Elisabeth, both did not make the second run but were able to get another World Cup start under their belt.

Sunday, Jan. 21, the women continue the weekend in Jasna with one last competition in the slalom. 

Women's slalom

Slalom (name/bib number)
Mikaela Shiffrin (5)
Paula Moltzan (9)
AJ Hurt (29)
Lila Lapanja (44)

Women's slalom, Jasna, Slovakia, Run 1 – 3:30 a.m. ET,
Women's slalom, Jasna, Slovakia, Run 2 - 6:15 a.m. ET,