Mikaela Shiffrin’s slalom season came to its conclusion Saturday with an eighth-place finish in the FIS World Cup Finals in Courchevel, France. Shiffrin was also acknowledged for her overall season performance, where she finished second in the overall standings behind Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova.
Warm weather and sunny conditions made the snow a bit softer on the pitch than Shiffrin likes it, and she struggled to find her perfect balance in Saturday’s slalom. Although she was not completely satisfied with her result, Shiffrin was happy to have the opportunity to ski a few good turns and celebrate a hard-fought slalom season under blue skies.
“In past races I’ve shown not much speed in these softer conditions,” commented Shiffrin. “It’s something I didn’t have time to figure out before now, but now we have something I can really work on over the summer if we want to try and improve a bit on this kind of softer snow.”
When asked if she is looking forward to the final race of the season, the giant slalom on Sunday, she said, “I’m optimistic. I think it’s a chance for me to again try to work on some things in softer snow. Normally I won’t risk something unless I feel that there is something to get back from the surface. But I’m also watching all the other competitors when they’re skiing really well on these kinds of conditions, their movements and how they’re able to perform and I’m hopeful that I have the chance to perform like that as well.”
Teammate Paula Moltzan finished 16th in the final slalom on Saturday, landing her in the top 20 ranking in slalom overall. Moltzan will join Shiffrin on Sunday in the World Cup Final giant slalom for the first time in her career.
In the men’s giant slalom, River Radamus was the sole representative for the United States. He finished the day 20th overall, and the season ranked 15th on the World Cup in giant slalom. For Radamus, this is a career-best overall finish to the season.
In the final day of the FIS Ski World Cup on Sunday, the women will race giant slalom and the men will race slalom. Shiffrin is still in contention for the giant slalom globe. Moltzan will also race. Luke Winters will represent the U.S. for the men in slalom.
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EDT
Sunday, March 20, 2022
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) – Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 1) – Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) – Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
8:30 a.m. FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Men’s Slalom (Run 2) – Courchevel, France, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Peacock
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