SKIING: Shiffrin, Ligety win slalom championships
American Mikaela Shiffrin retained her World Cup slalom title on Saturday, adding to her Sochi Olympics gold medal in the discipline just five days before her 19th birthday, and fellow Olympic champion Ted Ligety held on to his first-run lead to win a men’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.
Shiffrin led from start to finish at Are, Sweden, as she did at the Sochi Games two weeks ago. Shiffrin now has Olympic and world championship gold medals and two World Cup titles.
“My first win was just amazing, it was the start of all of this,” she said the 2013 slalom title. “It was finally in my mind, I felt like I could be a good ski racer at the World Cup level.”
Shiffrin defended her title in a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 50.66 seconds. She finished 0.60 ahead of Swedes Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Anna Swenn-Larsson.
Ligety earned his sixth career win in the resort at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, making him the first man to win six World Cup races in one discipline at the same venue.
Ligety finished in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 30.80 seconds to beat Benjamin Raich by 0.18. The Austrian veteran trailed Ligety by 1.61 before posting the fastest second-run time.