Mikaela Shiffrin fifth in first World Cup race on East Coast in 25 years
Mikaela Shiffrin placed fifth in a giant slalom in Killington, Vt., on Saturday, the first World Cup race on the East Coast since 1991.
France’s Tessa Worley won by eight tenths of a second over Norwegian Nina Loeseth. Italy’s Sofia Goggia was third. Full results are here.
Worley, 27 and the 2013 World giant slalom champion, won for the first time since Dec. 15, 2013. She missed the Sochi Olympics due to a torn ACL.
Shiffrin was seventh after the first of two runs Saturday morning, 1.15 seconds behind Loeseth.
Shiffrin is the world’s best in slalom and has progressed in giant slalom since the Sochi Olympics, tying for a World Cup win in 2014 and getting second in the season opener last month.
“I’m pretty disappointed today, but I’m happy with the second run and just taking steps forward,” Shiffrin told media in Killington. “One of these days I’m actually going to ski some fast GS.”
She said she raced nervous in the morning and “pissed off” in the afternoon. Overall, the takeaway was frustration.
“I’m going to take a minute, kind of re-evaluate what’s going on with my GS and why I can’t seem to put my training skiing into the race,” Shiffrin said. “I have to start showing skiing like I actually want to win.”
Shiffrin increased her lead in the early World Cup overall season standings to 85 points. Swiss Lara Gut, the defending World Cup overall champion, skied out in the first run.
On Sunday, Shiffrin will go for her 13th straight slalom win (10th straight World Cup) in Killington.
First-run coverage is live at 9:30 a.m. ET streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Second-run coverage will be at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, as well as streaming.
Killington was missing U.S. Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso and two-time World Cup overall champion Anna Veith of Austria, all getting a late start to the season due to injuries.