Mikaela Shiffrin sweeps at Squaw Valley World Cup
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — With her fourth slalom globe already clinched, Mikaela Shiffrin outskied her rivals by more than a second Saturday to win her 31st career World Cup race.
The victory was sealed when first-run leader Wendy Holdener, of Switzerland, skied off course just a few gates from the finish.
“Sometimes you just have to fight and see what happens,” Shiffrin said. “With Wendy skiing out three gates from the finish, that was crazy, because I’ll never know now if she was faster or not.”
The raucous crowd cheered Shiffrin to victory two days before her 22nd birthday. The win gave her a sweep of the two World Cup races in Squaw Valley — she won Friday’s giant slalom as well.
Shiffrin was 1.03-seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Sarka Strachova, of the Czech Republic. Bernadette Schild, of Austria, finished third.
During the first run, Veronika Velez Zuzulova skied off course, which gave Shiffrin the season slalom title — even before Shiffrin left the start gate.