World champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won the opening FIS World Cup skiing slalom of the season in Levi, Finland leading the podium in front of Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by more than a second and defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia taking third place.
Mikaela Shiffrin is only 18 year old and yet was the only skier to finish both runs in under 58 seconds. Today’s win was the fifth World Cup victory of her career! Shiffrin emerged as a major specialist in the discipline last season by winning both the World Cup slalom title and the world championship race, making her a favorite for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“She’s an amazing skier,” Hoefl-Riesch said of Shiffrin. “We already knew that from last year, she is such a talented girl and strong in her head and we will have lots of fun with her the next 10 years I guess.” The win moves Shiffrin to the top of the overall World Cup standings with 140 points, 40 more than Lara Gut of Switzerland who did not race in Levi.
The women circuit’s next stop is in Beaver Creek, Colorado (USA) from November 29 to December 1, 2013.