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Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom World Cup!

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Mikaela Shiffrin lays down the gauntlet at Lenzerheide and beats Tina Maze by 1.17 seconds for the Slalom crown. 

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That's great!  Last week when Tina took the lead I sorta assumed it would end that way - now I'm stoked for Mikaela - what a great year for a 17 year old. Actually, screw that, what a great year for ANYONE!!!

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Way to go!  Shiffrin, who turned 18 Wednesday, actually beat Maze by 1:52 on the 2nd run after trailing her by 1:17 after the first run and ended up .2 ahead of Schild and .35 ahead of Maze for the 2 runs combined.  She called it her best run of the season.  VERY CLUTCH!

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It was an  "amazeing" (spelled wrong on purpose) year for both Maze, the veteren, and Shiffrin, the relatively newer skier on the WC.  Anyone 17 who can ski like that is a very special talent.  She seems to always be in perfect balance through each turn, never tiring at the end, etc. 

 

The women's team could win a record number of medals at Sochi next year.  Sure, it is only one race in each event so a lot of luck is involved.  But any number of the gals can medal now in the speed events, and the USA now has a favorite in the more technical event. 

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"You're so young, how did you keep your nerves so calm?"

 

"I didn't, I was freaking out - oh my god."

 

 

What a great ending to the year and a gracious acceptance by one of our finest athletes.

 

Add this to Lindsey Vonn backing in to the globe for Downhill.  Nice end to the season.

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"You're so young, how did you keep your nerves so calm?"

 

"I didn't, I was freaking out - oh my god."

 

 

My favorite line of the season.

 

That was one nail biter of a race this morning.   It was weird at the end to see Mikaela shedding tears of joy while Maze was against the fence shedding tears of defeat.  For an 18 year old high school senior Schriffin was incredibly kind, gracious and well spoken.   As well as anyone.  While I admit I haven't followed the feeder races, it seemed to me that she "came out of nowhere."  I'm sure she did not.

 

and BTW, I watched this on Eurosport  this morning.  I have learned more from Nick Fellows (commentator) in one season than in most of my non-racing career.  He's great.

 

Time to hit the hay on the final races of the season - Men's Slalom and women's GS.  Mikaela races again. 

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Congratulations Mikaela, well done.

Very happy that you beat T. Maze, which seemed a little greedy to me . She had 23 podiums this year won almost everything, recodrbreaking season for most points and started crying tears of defeat, come on enough with the drama.

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Wow!  Just WOW!!!!

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Congratulations Mikaela, well done.
Very happy that you beat T. Maze, which seemed a little greedy to me . She had 23 podiums this year won almost everything, recodrbreaking season for most points and started crying tears of defeat, come on enough with the drama.

Do you understand racing??? Congratulations to Michaela, but to diss another skier for wanting to win is ridiculous. Maze is a competitor and had a huge lead after the first run.
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Congrats Ms. Shiffrin! Impressive!

Can't wait for someone to slo-mo the last 1/2 of the second run to see where she gained the speed and time.

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   The fact that Maze cries at defeat simply tells us how much she wanted to win--with every fiber of her being. Having said that, Mikaela is simply incredibleyahoo.gif How much further will she go, one can't help but wonder...

 

    zenny

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Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

Congratulations Mikaela, well done.

Very happy that you beat T. Maze, which seemed a little greedy to me . She had 23 podiums this year won almost everything, recodrbreaking season for most points and started crying tears of defeat, come on enough with the drama.

 

 

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Do you understand racing??? Congratulations to Michaela, but to diss another skier for wanting to win is ridiculous. Maze is a competitor and had a huge lead after the first run.

 

 

Considering that going into the Finals Maze had a very realistic shot at getting all 5 globes, to lose out on one because of the weather and to lose out on another by blowing a HUGE lead ... that's pretty rough.

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Repeat winner! Ms. Shiffirin mathematically clinched the World Cup Slalom title for the 2013-2014 season. Way to go!

 

http://universalsports.com/2014/03/08/mikaela-shiffrin-wins-fis-alpine-world-cup-slalom-title/

 

 

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