Shiffrin Second, Moltzan Eighth in Spindleruv Mlyn Slalom
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin finished second in the second slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, just .06 seconds out of first place, and clinched a seventh slalom crystal globe. Paula Moltzan added another top-10 result, finishing in eighth place.
"It is unbelieveable to secure the slalom globe already this season," said Shiffrin. "I have been working hard to get my slalom to a high level again and this season has been very special."
Shiffrin dominated the first run of slalom, but a deteriorating course and flat light hindered many of the racers in the second run. Lena Duerr of Germany took the win, with Zrinka Ljutic of Croatia in third place.
"If I get 86 wins this season it's only special, there is no pressure to do it, its more amazing considering if I am not taking all the risk I will not win the race, I need to be at my highest level," said Shiffrin.
Moltzan continued to show her dominance this season, with her strong, consistent skiing placing her in the top seven in the overall slalom rankings. It is her fifth top-10 finish in slalom in 2022-23.
Shiffrin, the winningest woman alpine skier of all time with 85 Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup wins, is working toward number 86 to tie Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark as the winningest alpine ski racer ever. Stenmark’s record has held for 34 years. But the fight will wait for another day, with Shiffrin heading into the FIS World Championships, as World Champs results do not count toward the total.
With her result in Spindleruv, Shiffrin clinched her seventh slalom globe, making her the best slalom skier of the 2022-23 season. She last won the slalom globe in 2019. Shiffrin also currently holds the lead for the giant slalom globe (600 points over Lara Gut-Behrami's 482) and the overall lead (1697 points over Petra Vlhova's 966).
Lila Lapanja, Nina O’Brien and Ava Sunshine also raced, but did not qualify for second run. Zoe Zimmermann and Katie Hensien did not finish.
Next the women’s tech team will focus on World Championships Feb. 6-19 in Courchevel-Meribel, France