U.S. Ski Team rising star Mikaela Shiffrin scored the seventh top 10 of her career with a strong second run in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, finshing seventh. Austria's Kathrin Zettel took the win. The finish boosted Shiffrin to fifth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall and slalom standings. The race was broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Lindsey Vonn opted to skip the race in favor of flying to Lake Louise a day early to prep for the season opening speed series on Canada.
•Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to seventh in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational slalom. It was her seventh career top 10. Austrian Kathrin Zettel took the win.
•The top 10 moved Shiffrin into fifth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall and slalom standings.
•Shiffrin was tenth after the first run and had the fifth fastest second run. A day earlier, she posted the first giant slalom top 10 of her career with ninth.
•Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) returned to the World Cup after tearing her ACL in at the March World Cup Finals.
•Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) had not planned to ski the slalom, but will return for the three speed races at Lake Louise next weekend.
I had a great weekend. I had so much fun here. It was a beautiful, awesome slope. It was challenging, because I'm just trying to establish myself as a competitive racer with all these other guys. All in all, I'm psyched to be home. I love racing this hill. It's been great.
There was a lot of pressure. I just didn't feel it. The pressure I put on myself is much higher than anybody else's. I tend to just ignore the pressure. I don't have expectations. I'm just trying to ski as fast as I can, and keep things fun.