Mikaela Shiffrin wins historic third straight world slalom title

On Saturday, the Colorado native won her third world title in a slalom to become the first skier in 78 years to record the hat trick in that event since Germany's Christl Cranz in 1939.

With warm weather making the course tougher for the top contenders in the second leg, Worley recovered from a slight glitch which threw her off balance in the top section. "That run felt really good!" she said afterward about her climatic second run, in itself 0.85 seconds faster than Sarka Strachova's next-best second run time for the Czech Republic. "I was just trying to ski fast", Shiffrin told CNN's Alpine Edge.

Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her first giant slalom medal at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finished third.

She now has three medals in the last three World Championship appearances, with one silver and two bronzes. When the World Cup resumes next weekend, she will have a huge lead in the overall standings, a pursuit that should end with her being crowned the youngest World Cup overall champion since 2003.

Holdener added slalom silver to her gold medal in the combined event.

The last female skier to bag three consecutive slalom crowns was Germany's Christel Cranz, but that was back in 1937-39 when the world championships were much smaller, equipment used was nowhere near as cutting edge as it is today, and course-setting and preparation were not almost as taxing as modern skiers face. "I was thinking, 'Oh that's cool, (Wendy) must be happy, but today is my day, not yours'".

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She seemed to gain strength and maturity this season by improving in other disciplines, mainly giant slalom, and has moved into commanding position for her first World Cup overall championship.

After knocking on the door in GS for years, Shiffrin can now says she's a medalist.

Reigning World Cup women's champion Lara Gut, 25, of Switzerland tore her left ACL and suffered meniscus damage while doing a warm-up training run for the women's alpine combined event February 10 at St. Moritz. Instead of football they worship ski racing.

She is the clear leader and strong favourite, since Gut's injury, to claim her first giant crystal globe trophy - awarded to the best all-around skier in a grueling five-month World Cup season.

Worley admitted to further nerves over an error high up a Corviglia course basking in bright sunshine that saw snow rapidly melting on the second run.

  • Carlos Nash