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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Mikaela Shiffrin Takes a Double Win in Another Master Class in Lienz

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin. Lienz, Slalom 2023
Mikaela Shiffrin. Lienz, Slalom 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin Takes a Double Win in Another Master Class in Lienz setting the best time in both runs winning by more than two seconds in the Slalom event. Lena Dürr finished in second place +2.34 seconds behind Shiffrin. Michelle Gisin rounded up the podium in third place +2.45 behind the US superstar.

It's the second time after 2019, Shiffrin won the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Lienz.

The 28-year-old skier has won a record of 93 World Cup events, 56 of which were achieved in the Slalom (a Women's record).

With 142 podiums, it is in second place all-time for most Alpine Ski World Cup podiums. Ingemar Stenmark with 155 holds the record. Only Stenmark (81) has recorded as many podiums in Slalom as Shiffrin (80).

Since 2018-2019, Shiffrin has recorded just one DNF in 47 Slalom World Cup starts: in Kranjska Gora on January 9, 2022. Mikaela Shiffrin has finished on the podium in 12 of her last 13 appearances in Slalom World Cup events, except for a fourth-place finish in Levi on November 11, 2023.

"I felt really good today from the very beginning. I carried the good feeling from the first run into the second run, even though the settings were very different. I felt I just had a really good plan and my coaches pointed out the key sections of the course. I am very happy", Shiffrin said.

Lena Dürr finished on the podium for the third time this season. It was her eleventh podium in the World Cup, her seventh one in Slalom.

"The first run was not so easy, I wasn't happy with how I skied. But the second was really fun. It was turny, especially in the last part. I was happy with my skiing and the podium", Dürr said.

Michelle Gisin celebrated her first Top-3 of the season and returned to the World Cup podium after nine months. Her last podium was in the Super-G in Courchevel-Méribel on March 17, 2023. It is her eighth podium in Slalom in the Alpine Ski World Cup, and the third she has achieved in Lienz (she finished in third place in the Slalom in 2019 and 2021).

"This is the only slalom venue where I have three podium places. You could say that this is my favorite slope. For me, it's incredibly beautiful. It's totally crazy to be back on the slalom podium. I never would have thought that, to be honest. I don't know how that's possible", Gisin said.


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