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Shiffrin Second, Moltzan Fifth Under the Lights in Flachau

By Sierra Ryder
January, 10 2023
Shiffrin Secures 130th Podium
Shiffrin with her 130th World Cup Podium (CC: Getty Images)

It was another successful night of slalom for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team under the lights at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Flachau, Austria. Mikaela Shiffrin secured her 130th World Cup podium with a second place and Paula Moltzan continued her strong season with a fifth place.

Shiffrin skied to a fast second place after first run with 0.17 separating her run from Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in first place, and again skied a solid second run, but it wasn't quite enough to bump Vlhova from first. Lena Duerr of Germany took third. Shiffrin was also feeling under the weather with some stomach issues throughout the race.

“I don’t feel very well but no matter what Petra skied amazing tonight and deserves this victory,” said Shiffrin. “It was a little difficult this evening to perform but I did feel some turns that were good.”

Shiffrin is still on the verge of breaking the 82-World Cup win record that she currently shares with American skier Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin just tied the record this week in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Moltzan skied a blazing second run to bump herself up from 10th place to just off the podium in fourth. “I am really happy to end a crazy tech series with a top five in slalom,” said Moltzan. “It feels good to build consistency and have fun while doing it.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Nina O’Brien also closed out a strong series, scoring World Cup points with her 24th place. Teammate Lila Lapanja had great first and second runs and finished out the day in 23rd.  Ava Sunshine did not finish first run, Katie Hensien and Zoe Zimmerman did not qualify for a second run in, ending the day in 32nd and 41st, respectively. 

The next women’s World Cup is a speed event in St. Anton, Jan. 14-15.

Women's slalom