Hat-Trick in Semmering for Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin put and end to 2022 in the best possible way, with a Hat-Trick in a 1-2 US podium with Paula Moltzan in second place (+0.29). Lena Duerr finished in third place 0.34 seconds behind Shiffrin.
“Sharing a podium with Paula is one of the best podiums of my career. She is working so well and she did it tonight, that is pretty special”, said Shiffrin.
Shiffrin celebrates her 80th World Cup victory and 126 podium. Only Ingemar Stenmark (155), Marcel Hirscher (138), and Lindsey Vonn (137), have claimed more podiums in the World Cup than Mikaela Shiffrin.
Semmering and the "Magic Mountain" is a good place for the US skier. She also won two World Cup Giant Slalom and the Slalom events in Semmering, six years ago on 27, 28, and 29 December 2016.
She has now won four races in a row, six already this winter, seven in Semmering - and 50 in slalom.
With today's win the Shiffrin is closing one step further the gap with Lindsey Vonn. She is two wins short to tie with Lindsey Vonn (82) as record holder among women. The only man to have won more World Cup events is Ingemar Stenmark (86).
In the overall World Cup, Shiffrin is now clearly ahead of Sofia Goggia. With today's 100 points she was able to extend her lead to 405 points and now has 875 points after 14 races.
“I don’t really have anything I can say about that has not already been said. I don’t even understand it yet. It is pretty hard to put into words. I skied really strong all three days and was really happy with my feeling”, said Shiffrin.
For Paula Moltzan today's second place is her second podium in the World Cup. Previously she was second in the Parallel in Lech-Zürs in 2020. Moltzan’s previous best finish in a World Cup slalom was a fifth position.
“It has not settled in yet. I don’t have any thoughts yet and am still working on the words. I could not be prouder of myself and my team. It was even better to do it in front of my parents”, said Moltzan.
Today's third place is Duerr's first podium of the season and her sixth one in the World Cup.
“I was at the start just thinking the last second run I had and I just wanted to ski down and have no regrets and say I did my best and this was all I could do. I was so happy to see the green light at the finish. This is how a second run should be. It is a perfect ending for this year”, said Duerr.