Looking forward: Mikaela Shiffrin © APA / afp / JOE KLAMAR
After a sad 2020 and her recent return to the slalom throne, the American Mikaela Shiffrin presents herself emotionally but also thoughtfully.
January 14, 2021
With her victory on Tuesday evening in Flachau (click here for the race report) Mikaela Shiffrin has also returned to winning ways in slalom. For the 25-year-old it was the first slalom victory after the death of her father. Most recently, the American was thoughtful.
Looking back tells her that she has already had most of the victories and the best races, said Shiffrin. “Which is a bit strange when you’re only 25. It even sounds negative, ”says the American.
For her, however, it was extremely important to first go back into the past. “About who I once was and how I felt then and how I went skiing. Everything that used to feel so natural. “
The one-woman show is over
She would very much like to change a lot of what happened last year and “let the dark out of her soul”. But that would “cause problems for some time to come”, she admitted late at night, but saw hope for the first time since her comeback. “Something ‘clicked’ last night too. I was able to leave that feeling behind, had fun too. I want to continue like this. It was kind of a new beginning, a big step. And one of those races that you wish you would never stop, ”said the ski racer about the night after the race.
“It’s a new era.”
Shiffrin is also aware that her year-long one-woman show through the forest of poles is probably over for the time being. “We are a very strong group now. You won’t get on the podium without taking full risk. But that’s the best that could have happened this season. It’s a new era. “
First, however, Shiffrin continues to eagerly write new fabulous brands in the books: Her 44 slalom victories are now a discipline record for women, she has surpassed Lindsey Vonn (43 / downhill). Only Stenmark has won more victories in a single discipline (giant slalom), but with his 46 he is already within reach.
With her 68th World Cup victory, the American also overtook Marcel Hirscher, who was previously third in the all-time list of winners, with the 100th podium in her career. Only 7 others – led by Ingemar Stenmark (155) – got three digits before the 25-year-old.
Author: am / apa