MARIBOR, Slovenia — After celebrating her personal-best 13th World Cup victory of the season and 56th general, Mikaela Shiffrin spoke out Saturday in opposition to critics suggesting her wins and information are turning ladies’s ski racing right into a “boring” sport.
“This 12 months there have been plenty of statistics, plenty of numbers, plenty of information. I really feel like these numbers … it dehumanizes what we’re all doing,” stated the American two-time general champion following her win within the final World Cup slalom earlier than the world championships. Her newest win got here a day after her shared victory in a GS on the identical hill.
“(Some say) it’s boring to look at these races because it’s the identical winner,” Shiffrin stated. “For me, it’s not boring. Each race I’m preventing and I’m making an attempt the toughest. There may be all the time a brand new objective. There may be all the time a approach to preserve doing higher and getting higher with my snowboarding.”
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For her and her rivals, Shiffrin stated, “we don’t know the way it’s going to finish, there may be by no means any certainty. Once I take into consideration these numbers, it’s wonderful, however summing this complete day up in a single quantity is unattainable for me.”
Shiffrin was “actually happy with this entire season” after successful Saturday’s slalom. She constructed a lead of a full second within the opening run and in the end gained by 0.77 forward of Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden, who earned her first podium in her 100th World Cup begin.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was 1.15 behind in third for her 20th profession slalom podium with out successful — a World Cup document.
“I skied good and smooth within the first run however that was the unsuitable mindset.” Holdener stated. “I discovered once more, I’ve to offer full gasoline. I believe I’ve discovered that for the world championships. I’ve nothing to lose.”
Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 1.34 behind in fourth, whereas Shiffrin’s principal rival, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, was second after the opening run however dropped to fifth, 1.70 off the lead. It was the primary time Vlhova missed a slalom podium this season.
Shiffrin bettered her finest mark from final 12 months of 12 victories in a single season. Solely Swiss nice Vreni Schneider has gained extra races in a one season — 14 in 1988-89.
With 5 technical occasions, two super-G races and an Alpine mixed occasion remaining after the worlds, Shiffrin is a robust favourite to overhaul Schneider.
“I believe, for some individuals watching it looks like I’m used to it however I’m not,” Shiffrin stated after successful two races in two days, following her shared victory with Vlhova in Friday’s big slalom.
“It’s all the time a struggle. Each race is a struggle. There may be all the time one thing that I’ve to battle: it’s the opposite racers, it’s the situations, it’s additionally my very own mentality.”
Shiffrin definitely needed to overcome robust situations on Saturday, a day after receiving bodily remedy following the GS. Spring-like climate with gentle temperatures softened the highest layer of the Radvanje course.
“It was fairly heat as we speak,” she stated. “The second (run) was fairly OK however for certain I used to be making an attempt to regulate a bit what I used to be doing.”
Successful each races made the American the plain winner of the Golden Fox, a prize native organizers award to the most effective skier of the weekend, including the GS and slalom outcomes.
Shiffrin additionally gained each the GS and slalom final 12 months, when climate pressured organizers to maneuver the race to a different Slovenian resort, Kranjska Gora.
“It’s cool. It’s one thing distinctive,” Shiffrin stated. “The primary time I gained the Golden Fox (in 2015) I used to be considering, ‘Oh yeah, I’m beginning to be greater than only a slalom skier.’ That was a pleasant factor.”