Mikaela Shiffrin slices to a tie for ninth in the Are slalom to land her fourth World Cup top 10 of the season and lock a spot at the World Cup Finals (Getty Images/AFP - Jonathan Nackstrand)
ARE, Sweden (March 10) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) tied for ninth in a windy Are slalom to land her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top 10 of the season and secure a trip to the World Cup Finals in her rookie season. Four-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was in the hunt to add to her 1,808 point total, but skied out a few gates from the finish as best friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took the win.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) tied for ninth in the Are slalom for her fourth World Cup top 10 this season
Shiffrin, who turns 17 Tuesday, qualified for the top 25 World Cup Finals in her rookie season
Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) was 22nd and also qualified for World Cup Finals
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) skied out in the second run and did not finish
German Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the event
The women now move to Schladming, Austria for World Cup Finals and have a downhill training run on Monday
QUOTES Mikaela Shiffrin I'm really excited about racing in Schladming. It feels goodt to be top 25 in the world, but honestly, I've been dreaming about winning World Cup races since I was five years old.
Sometimes it feels like, 'man, it's about time' and I have to take a step back and realize that some of these girls have been the fastest skiers in the world for ten years, so I need to fight every single run. It's hard but it's also really exciting.
I'm happy becuase I broke the trend I've had going of not making second runs and that it was one more top 10. I was only .39 out of first, so it was a really close race and I know that I have some faster skiing in me.