AL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 22) – Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished a solid eighth Sunday in Val d’Isere to close the first half of the women’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom season. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won and posted her sixth World Cup podium of the Olympic winter, adding 100 points to her current overall lead over second place finisher Lara Gut of Switzerland. The women’s tour will return Dec. 28-29 in Lienz, Austria – site of Shiffrin’s first World Cup podium in 2011 – with a giant slalom and slalom. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
I’m really excited with where I’m taking my giant slalom right now. In training I’m skiing faster than in racing, so I have a lot of potential, but the trick is getting the training skiing into the races. That’s not always so easy, but there’s something to be said for the girls who can do that. Today I think a lot of those girls skied so well, and if I’m not getting my entire training skiing into the races then I wonder what’s going on with them.
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