Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter Takes FIS World Cup Slalom Title
American Mikaela Shiffrin closed the 2015/16 Audi FIS World Cup season the way she started it: as a dominant force. Shiffrin won today’s slalom at the Season Finals in St. Moritz (SUI) in convincing fashion with a huge 2.03 second margin ahead of Veronika Velez Zuzulova.
Despite this being Shiffrin’s fifth slalom win of the season, it was still not enough for the American to take the discipline globe as Frida Hansdotter (SWE) earned the bragging rights for the season and formally picked up her globe at the awards ceremony after the race. Hansdotter’s consistency earned her the globe as she finished on the podium in seven of ten races, and was never out of the top-10.
Hansdotter finished the day in third place 2.13 seconds behind Shiffrin’s blistering pace.
It was a tough second run for many of the favorites as Nina Loeseth (NOR) and Nastastia Noens (FRA), who both sat in the top group after the first run, failed to finish the second run. In total, seven racers ended the day with a DNF on the oddly tricky course, which started steep before settling into a longer flat portion, challenging the field.
Shiffrin, in all likelihood, would have been in the hunt for the globe had she not suffered an injury fording her to sit out two months of World Cup action, in the end, she closed the season fourth in the standings.
“I’m happy with how I’m skiing the slalom right now,” said Shiffrin. “I’m not quite all the way back in the giant slalom, but I’m feeling very strong and confident with my slalom skiing and will work over the summer to stay at this level and even improve.”
In the season slalom standings, finishing behind Hansdotter were Velez Zuzulova and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener.
It was another picture perfect day for racing in St. Moritz as cloudless skies greeted the tech racers. A packed house cheered on the top slalom ladies as they skied in their next to last race of the season.
Tomorrow, the 2015/16 World Cup season concludes when the ladies’ race in the giant slalom. It is the only discipline globe that is still undecided as Eva Maria Brem (AUT) and Viktoria Rebernsburg (GER) are both in the running to win the season title.