Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 7, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) charged to her 12th career top-five giant slalom result, finishing fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Tessa Worley of France won ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia in second and Swiss Lara Gut in third.
Shiffrin took a slim 0.07 first run lead over Goggia on a straight course set. On the second run, she charged the middle section of the course – grabbing a 0.13-second lead at the second split – but wasn’t able to carry her speed through to the finish.
“It was a super fast course and I didn’t quite match the speed that I was carrying,” Shiffrin said. “I’m still learning, so all in all, it’s not a terrible day.”
Shiffrin continues to lead the overall World Cup standings with 848 points. Gut is second with 643 points, followed by Worley in third with 563 points. With her 11th World Cup giant slalom victory Saturday, including her third this season, Worley increased her overall World Cup giant slalom lead to 85 points over Shiffrin.
Resi Stiegler (Jackson WY) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT) did not qualify for the second run Saturday.
Up next, the ladies compete in slalom Sunday in Maribor. Watch it live on NBCSN, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.
“The surface is awesome and I’m excited to ski some slalom,” said Shiffrin, who leads the overall World Cup slalom standings by just 10 points over Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
Tessa Worley of France won her 11th World Cup giant slalom race Saturday.
Road to Aspen: Switzerland’s Lara Gut finished third Saturday to slightly close in on Mikaela Shiffrin’s overall World Cup lead, which is now 205 points ahead of Gut. Worley leads the overall giant slalom standings by 85 points over Shiffrin.
QUOTES Mikaela Shiffrin It was a super fast course and I didn’t quite match the speed that I was carrying. I’m still learning, so all in all, it’s not a terrible day.
The surface is awesome and I’m excited to ski some slalom.
BROADCAST AND LIVE STREAMING (times EST) Sunday, Jan. 8 3:15 a.m. – Maribor women’s slalom – run 1 – nbcsports.com – LIVE STREAM 6:00 a.m. – Maribor women’s slalom – LIVE on NBCSN and LIVE STREAM