Alpine skiing-Shiffrin crowned in Zagreb slalom

Fri Jan 4, 2013 3:02pm EST
 
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By Manuele Lang

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin was crowned a snow queen at 17 when she won the classic floodlit slalom in Zagreb on Friday to show she is not just a one-hit wonder.

The American teenager, who celebrated her maiden World Cup victory last month in Are, dominated both runs to win in two minutes and 1.73.

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter was second, like in Are, a considerable 1.19 seconds adrift while Canada's Erin Mielzynski, her country's own slalom prodigy, finished third some 1.76 off the pace.

Totally dumbfounded when winning her first laurels in Sweden three weeks ago, Shiffrin again said she was unable to take in what was happening.

"After Are, I thought I'd be able to handle it the next time, but I'm not," she told reporters.

"I chose the same tactics of shutting down my brain and letting the skis go."

Her exceptional technique paired with a relaxed approach worked wonders again, allowing her to claim back the red bib as the discipline's World Cup leader.

"To be honest I didn't know what it was when I took (the bib) for the first time in Are. Now I'm just going to make sure I keep it clean," she said.   Continued...

 
Bernadette Schild of Austria clears a gate during the first run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup women's slalom ski race in Zagreb January 4, 2013. REUTERS/ Antonio Bronic