On November 25, 2018

Shiffrin wins third consecutive Killington Cup Slalom

By Polly Mikula

The Killington Cup held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, drew record crowds both Saturday for the Giant Slalom and Sunday for the Slalom races.

On Saturday, sun and near-perfect snow on Superstar make for a very enjoyable and competitive race. A crowd of 18,500 cheered on the racers – especially Vermont-school Mikaela Shiffrin, who drew bib No. 1.

“I was really happy with my skiing but not my level of aggression,” said Shiffrin after the race. In her first run, she finished sixth, putting her 0.59 seconds behind the leader, Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel. In Shiffrin’s second run she made up time and sat on the podium in first place – until the last three skiers came in. It was a nail biter as Stefanie Brunner,  Mowinckel and then Italy’s Federica Brignone posted successfully better times.

Shiffrin ended up fifth for her second run and fourth overall (with combined times) with Brignone taking the top spot, followed by Mowinckel and Bruner.

On Sunday, fog and misty conditions made visibility and snow conditions tougher, but the race when on without delays.

Mikaela, wearing bib No. 3 this time, won the first run by 0.29 second, ahead of Bernadette Schild and 0.54 ahead of both Petra Vlhova and Frida Hansdotter.

For the second run racers compete in reverse order and it was a nail-biter as nearly every athlete posted a faster run than the racer before. Shiffrin, the last to race, had her work cut out for herself, but skied in classic Shiffrin-style finding speed where others couldn’t and won decisively by nearly a half second, defending her Killington Cup Slalom title for the third year in a row.

The crowd went wild! This was the picture perfect ending most had come to see.

Photo of Mikaela Shiffrin, by Jason Mikula

Lisa Lynn, of Vt. Ski and Ride, contributed to this report.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

20 degrees above average: May temps soar

May 22, 2024
By Erin Petenko/VTDigger Vermont is forecast to hit temperatures in the upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, far above normal for this time of year, the Vermont branch of the National Weather Service reported on Monday, May 20. Parts of the state, particularly the Champlain Valley down to Rutland in the west and the Connecticut River Valley regions to…

Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

May 22, 2024
Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…

Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

May 22, 2024
By John Flowers Salisbury’s Chip Piper will have run more during the next 10 days than most of us will run in a year. And he’ll be doing it for an important cause. Piper on Thursday, May 16, began running the first of 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days — a staggering 262 miles —…