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If you have not been paying attention- especially this weekend.   This women is the bomb in alpine skiing- and has been for quite awhile. she dominates and Kicks ass. One more win and she'll have the womens slalom record. History in the making from an athlete that seems pretty down to earth.

 

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From 1991 to 2016, the World Cup ski racing tour did not visit the eastern United States, home to the country’s greatest concentration of youth ski racers.

Growing up in New Hampshire and spending her high school years at a Vermont ski academy in the 2000s, Mikaela Shiffrin never got to watch her heroes race nearby.

But in 2016, the World Cup returned to the Killington ski resort in Vermont, and so did Shiffrin. The combination has attracted some of the biggest crowds for any recent women’s World Cup race in North America or Europe — nearly 35,000 fans for two races over the weekend — and they witnessed the precocious Shiffrin edging that much closer to a career milestone.

Shiffrin, 23, earned her 34th World Cup slalom victory on Sunday, moving her one win from the record for career Cup slalom wins held by Marlies Schild, one of Shiffrin’s childhood idols. Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic champion, overpowered the field after two runs to win by a hefty 0.57 of a second and remain undefeated in three consecutive World Cup slalom races at Killington.

 

And Shiffrin thanked a raucous Killington crowd, filled with thousands of young ski racers, for spurring her to victory.

“I could hear the crowd in the second run from the start to the finish,” said Shiffrin, who was the leader after Sunday’s first run. “They were so loud, but sometimes they would get quieter, and I’d think, ‘Oh, no, I’m not fast enough; I have to push harder.’ They took me down the mountain.”

Racing amid fog and slicing through choppy, wet snow softened by rain, Shiffrin did indeed lose her first-run lead in the middle of the second run, when her skis seemed to catch in the snow at a few of the course’s 59 gates. But as she often does, in the final 10 to 15 gates, Shiffrin used her precise technique and her confident, attacking style to charge past her rivals.

 

 

 

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Today:

Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Alpine skier to reach 50 World Cup wins and tied a childhood idol for the career slalom victories record, prevailing in Courchevel, France on Saturday.

Shiffrin won for the second straight day, for her fifth straight start and for the 14th time in 2018, extending her female World Cup record for one year.

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1 hour ago, flylikabird said:

Nice!  Hottie from the local N.E. mountains breaking records.  Good on her!! 

not just records, world cup records

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