KILLINGTON, VT. (WCAX) With a crowd of around 16,000 on hand, Mikaela Shiffrin fed on her fan favorite staus to claim a second straight slalom title Sunday at Killington.
Shiffrin blazed through the first run on a hard and slick Super Star, finishing in 49.57 seconds, good enough for a 0.89 second edge on Switzerland's Wendy Holdener heading to the second run.
But conditions worsened significantly on that second trip down the hill. Seven of the 30 skiers that qualified for the final run did not finish the race, including Holdener.
That didn't mean Shiffrin would go untested, though. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took about as aggressive a line as she possibly could on that second run, finishing in 51.53 seconds to put a bit of pressure on the World Champ.
But Shiffrin would not be shaken. She answered Vlhova's challenge with a 51.34 second run to claim the victory in one minute, 40.91 seconds overall. For the second year in a row, Shiffrin got to celebrate a win at the Beast with her family of New Englanders.
"It's so incredible to share these moments with everybody here, with my family" Shiffrin said. "And my Nana and my best friend are here and those are two people that I really rarely see and they're able to come and watch me race this year and last year. These are just the moments that are above the Olympics, above world championships, above anything else. This day, in and of itself, will make this season successful for me and that's really incredible."