Congratulations to Mikaela from the Chalet at 11 º East Obergurgl!
Mikaela trained in Hochgurgl, sister village to Obergurgl, and stayed in Solden, just a hop away .
See what the New York times has to say:
Silver medalist Marlies Schild of Austria, gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States and bronze medalist Kathrin Zettel of Austria after they completed the women’s slalom on Friday night. Doug Mills/The New York Times
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Looking powerful and poised, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the women’s slalom here Friday, dominating the first run and hanging on in the second.
Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria won the silver and bronze. It was the second Alpine gold of the Sochi Games for the United States after Ted Ligety won the giant slalom Wednesday.
Shiffrin, the reigning world slalom champion and the race favorite, led Maria Höfl-Riesch of Germany by 49-hundredths of a second after the first run, with Tina Maze of Slovenia in third, 67-hundredths of a second back. But Höfl-Riesch and Maze both skied poorly on their second runs, leaving Shiffrin with plenty of cushion for hers.
She skied only the sixth best second run, making a big mistake in the middle section very likely caused by deteriorating snow. But her quick feet came to the rescue with an athletic move. It was enough to win by 53-hundredths of a second.
Ligety put himself in a strong position to win the gold with a dominating first run that gave him a lead of almost a second.Ted Ligety Extends Reign With Giant Slalom WinFEB. 19, 2014
Tina Maze of Slovenia celebrated her victory in the giant slalom.Savvy Victory for Maze; Solid Finish for Shiffrin FEB. 18, 2014
Mikaela Shiffrin in a World Cup slalom race in Slovenia in February.At 18, Mikaela Shiffrin Has Envisioned the Best and the WorstFEB. 15, 2014
Several of the other top contenders had poor first runs.
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Mikaela Shiffrin, the reigning world slalom champion, led Maria Höfl-Riesch of Germany by 49-hundredths of a second after the first run. Shiffrin skied only the sixth best second run, but it was enough to win by 53-hundredths of a second. Doug Mills/The New York Times
Schild, the former world slalom champion, was 1.34 seconds behind Shiffrin’s first-run time of 52.62, and Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden missed an early gate and was disqualified. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, second to Shiffrin in the World Cup slalom rankings this season, was 1.43 seconds behind. Bernadette Schild of Austria, Marlies’s sister, had a quality run, and her time of 53.31 was good for fourth place, but she straddled a gate in her second run and did not finish.
Shiffrin said the course was set tighter than normal with gates 9 to 10 meters apart, when 10 to 11 meters would be more customary.
“That’s not too tricky; it just means you have to move your feet quicker,” Shiffrin said after the first run. “My plan was to try to move my feet faster than everyone else, and I guess I moved them five-tenths faster.”
● USA Mikaela Shiffrin 1:44.54
● AUT Marlies Schild 1:45.07
● AUT Kathrin Zettel 1:45.35
4th GER Maria Hoefl-Riesch 1:45.73
According to Shiffrin’s mother, Eileen, her daughter developed a head cold after Tuesday’s giant slalom, in which she finished fifth. That race was contested in a cold, driving rain.
“But she looked in a good place when she went up to start the race,” Eileen Shiffrin said.
The second run was run under floodlights before a grandstand that seats 18,000.
“I like skiing under the lights,” Mikaela Shiffrin said. “I think most of the girls do because it keeps the visibility really consistent. So these lights are really good.”