Shiffrin shines again in Killington
Slalom queen Mikaela Shiffrin recorded yet another victory in her specialist discipline with a popular triumph at Killington Resort in Vermont on Sunday.
The FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup slalom champion in three successive campaigns before a knee injury disrupted her 2015-16 season, Shiffrin has now won on her last 10 outings in the discipline.
Her second triumph from as many starts this season was set up by a blistering first run, which saw the Olympic champion open up a lead of 0.65 seconds over Veronika Velez Zuzulova.
Shiffrin ultimately triumphed by 0.73secs with a combined time of one minute, 27.95secs at a venue close to where she went to high school.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself," said Shiffrin. "Knowing that I've been performing so well in slalom, I really had a great chance of winning the slalom here.
"It's amazing. It [the crowd] was like 16,000 yesterday and I don't how many there are today, but it's full and that's so cool."
Velez Zuzulova held on to second ahead of Wendy Holdener, who sits second behind Shiffrin in the slalom standings.
"I think we get a step closer than last year," said Holdener. "Still she [Shiffrin] is dominant, [but] I think the other girls and I are on the right way to get closer and closer."