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Shiffrin dominates, winning back-to-back races in Aspen

Nov 29, 2015

Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail dominated the World Cup races in Aspen, with back-to-back wins in slalom.
Credit Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin made history in Aspen over the weekend. The Vail native pulled in two slalom wins during the three-day World Cup event. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

On day two of the races, Shiffrin wowed the crowd by winning the slalom competition by more than 3 seconds — a record breaking time in World Cup history. Her win marks the first time a woman has earned the top spot in Aspen for the U.S. Ski Team since 1981. But, the 20-year-old wasn’t done. On Sunday, she dominated the field, taking another win in slalom. It was the first time she’s raced three days in a row, she says.

"To be able to keep my energy up through the last second of this last run was tough and it was a balancing act. So, there was a lot of learning that happened this weekend."

Sunday was a good day for Jackson Hole’s Resi Stiegler. The 30-year-old took tenth place. The ranking solidifies her comeback after suffering a knee injury last season. Lindsey Vonn raced Friday, but crashed after her ski popped off. The team heads to Lake Louise and Sweden next.