Ski World Cup: Mikaela Shiffrin makes it two in a row

Mikaela Shiffrin of US racing down the Semmering course on December 27.

SEMMERING (KDN) – US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin won the ladies’ second Giant Slalom competition in Semmering, Austria, 0,15 seconds ahead of France’s Tessa Worley. Victoria Rebensburg of Germany took third 0,18 seconds off the pace.

With her first podium in the rescheduled Giant Slalom races of Courchevel, France, overall World Cup leader Shiffrin consolidated her leading position further since her closest rival Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to make to the podium in Semmering.

The second ladies’ World Cup Giant Slalom in Austria’s popular ski resort of Semmering had nearly the same podium as the first except for the third-place finisher, as Viktoria Rebensburg replaced Manuela Moelgg of Italy from the first day of showdown on the top of Zauberberg . However, it was American Mikaela Shiffrin who battled through challenging weather conditions to claim her second win in two days.

Video: Mikaela Shiffrin on the course racing to victory in Semmering

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“It was a big fight,” Shiffrin told the press after the race. “There’s a heavy snowfall. I could feel my skis in the track speeding up and kind of coming out and slowing down. I was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good, it’s gotta be slow,’ so I kept fighting and fighting. It was cool.”

Worley retains the red leader bib in GS by 35 points over Shiffrin with another second-place performance despite the tough visibility and falling snow during the second run.

“I wasn’t controlling anything. I was just trying to go down and stay on my feet, and I was pretty surprised that I lit the green light at the end. Happy with the second podium but … it was really tough. I couldn’t push as hard as I would have done if the visibility would have been better. But you still have to push even though you don’t control anything.”

Shiffrin leaves Semmering with more confidence in her giant slalom skiing, but she’s eyeing a repeat elsewhere in the future.

“It’s two victories, but in the same place. It’d be nice to repeat it at a new venue, but it’s definitely nice to feel like I can ski free for four runs in a row,” Shiffrin concluded.

The ladies will contest a night slalom in Semmering on Thursday at 15:00/18:00 CET.