Skiing through fog and rutted snow, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) earned the 12th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with second in Lienz. (Getty Images/AFP - Samuel Kubani)
LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returned to the site of her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium to earn the 12th top-three finish of her young career with second in the Lienz slalom. Leading after the first run despite light rain, Shiffrin couldn't hold her lead in the foggy and rutted final as Austrian Marlies Schild earned the historic 35th slalom win of her career to break the record of Swiss racer Vreni Schneider set in 1995. The podium caps an incredibly successful weekend for Shiffrin, who was third in Saturday's giant slalom. Universal Sports Network will air the race at 1 p.m. ET.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) produced the 12th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with second in a foggy Lienz slalom.
The result caps an incredibly successful weekend for Shiffrin, who has retained her lead in the slalom standings and was third in Saturday's giant slalom.
Her mother, father and brother were on had to see the successful weekend for the young champion.
The first World Cup top three of Shiffrin's career came in Lienz with a slalom third exactly two years ago to the day (Dec. 29, 2011).
Leading after the first run, Shiffrin couldn't hold off a hard-charging Marlies Schild, who earned a record 35th World Cup slalom win.
The Austrian's victory snaps the record of 34 set in 1995 by Swiss great Vreni Schneider.
Warm temperatures produced light rain for the first run with fog moving in and out during the rutted final.
Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), 21st after the first run, finished 16th for her best result of the 2014 Olympic season.
Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
The next women's World Cup stop is Jan. 5 with a slalom in Bormio, Italy, a raced moved due to lack of snow at the regularly scheduled venue of Zagreb, Croatia.
QUOTES Mikaela Shiffrin Two podiums in two days was really exciting for me. I'm having a lot of fun skiing slalom and giant slalom. Both days were good. Lienz is a great stop for me. I made my first podium here two years ago.
I know my best skiing is enough for a podium. I am going to work harder now and try to win the next race. But having Marlies next to me on the podium is great. I always want to win but she skied better and was faster. I am okay with taking second place. She is still one of my idols and she keeps inspiring me. As long as I am on the podium with her, I am happy.
Lienz has one of the best atmospheres. The crowd goes crazy, and the bib draw and awards ceremony last night were really creative. I'm really impressed with how the slope turned out for the GS yesterday after all the snow, and it held up today for the slalom. I felt loose and the snow was awesome. I feel really good today and I'm happy from yesterday. I got a good night of sleep and some good food, so I was ready to go.
Resi Stiegler We don't get to race at home often. I consider Beaver Creek kind of like home because it's our training space. Here in Lienz I get to stay at my own house, cook my own food. The town is so amazing, (the crowd) has always been amazing to me. So it's special and it feels good.
I feel like I'm coming down with a bit of a cold, so I rested yesterday — took the day off. Our training, we've been doing so much of it, that's the good part. Now I feel like I'm not as tired at the end (of a course) which I've found in the past.