Mikaela Shiffrin has completed in second place 13 occasions on the World Cup — versus an unimaginable 66 victories — however Saturday’s runner-up introduced probably the most pleasure of her decade-long profession.
“There’s a reputation for once you undergo actually massive tragedy in life and, after that, some items of your life could also be slightly bit higher than they had been earlier than as a result of your priorities change and also you benefit from the moments with household extra otherwise you take pleasure in particular issues extra,” she mentioned. “I take pleasure in a second place greater than I ever did.”
Shiffrin returned from her longest break between ski races and resumed her rivalry with Petra Vlhova, ending .18 of a second behind the Slovakian at a slalom in Levi, Finland.
Vlhova had the quickest time in every of the 2 runs. Shiffrin had the second-fastest time in every run, racing for the primary time since Jan. 26 and her father’s demise Feb. 2.
Austrian Katharina Liensberger took third.
The ladies race one other slalom in Levi on Sunday. Peacock Premium reside streams each runs. Olympic Channel: Residence of Staff USA airs protection at 6:45 a.m. ET, together with the second run reside.
Shiffrin, who contemplated her snowboarding future over the past 10 months, mentioned the prevailing thought Thursday was happiness.
“It’s been actually arduous to think about being right here once more and racing and being on the rostrum,” mentioned Shiffrin, who felt feelings between runs when she realized she wouldn’t be getting a textual content message from her dad about she skied. “I nearly didn’t dare to essentially think about it since you don’t wish to be disenchanted once more.”
Shiffrin and Vlhova mixed to win the final 27 World Cup slaloms relationship to January 2017 — 19 for Shiffrin and eight for Vlhova.
Vlhova has now gained the final 4 World Cup slaloms, together with three victories over Shiffrin. It’s the primary time Shiffrin has gone three straight slalom begins with no victory since 2014, however she’s completed on the rostrum every time.
“There’s many issues I can do higher. I can go sooner, all of that, however I had enjoyable,” she mentioned. “And I felt like I did some actually good snowboarding, in order that’s an important factor proper now.”
Vlhova benefited from having the second run set by her coach, and having extra preseason coaching than Shiffrin. The American missed the season opener in October because of a again damage.
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