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Shiffrin Sixth Again in Kranjska Gora; O’Brien Matches Personal Best

By Courtney Harkins
January, 17 2021

Mikaela Shiffrin and Nina O’Brien had another solid day in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, matching Saturday’s results to finish sixth and 13th, respectively.

Italian Marta Bassino snagged her second win in two days of back-to-back giant slaloms on the same hill—her fourth FIS Ski World Cup GS win this season—while Michelle Gisin of Switzerland moved up to second place. Slovenian Meta Hrovat was third.

Shiffrin sat in the lead after first run by .30 seconds—a run she said was fun and fluid—but overskied the second run to drop back to sixth place. However, she left the venue feeling mentally strong and ready to keep working. “Today I just wanted to ski,” said Mikaela. “I changed my mindset and my attitude coming into today and just wanted the feeling of a few good turns again. I felt that first run today and that’s something positive to take away from the weekend.”

It was another great day for Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Nina O’Brien, who matched her personal best giant slalom result from Saturday with another 13th place on the icy Slovenian track. She had the 10th-fastest second run, showing that she’s right on the brink of breaking into the elusive World Cup top 10. “The first and last run of the weekend was great skiing,” said Magnus Andersson, the women’s tech team head coach. “It’s step by step—I know she can ski fast. It’s good.”

AJ Hurt was having a strong run first run, showing sixth-fastest splits at the top, but lost her outside ski and DNFed. “AJ is in the run,” said Magnus. “She’s going to get there. She’s fast—as fast as Nina for sure. It was tough snow this weekend and she will learn.”

The women’s speed team moves to Crans-Montana, Switzerland for two downhills and a super-G next weekend, while the tech team has a break until a giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy at the end of January.

Women’s giant slalom

All times EST
Jan. 16-18, 2021 

Monday, Jan. 18
11:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Giant Slalom - next-day broadcast, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Broadcast NBCSN