Shiffrin Podiums in Tremblant Giant Slalom; Moltzan Top 15
Mikaela Shiffrin placed third on Saturday’s giant slalom in Tremblant, Canada, marking her 142nd World Cup podium. Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Paula Moltzan finished 13th.
The Canadian fans crowded the stands of the Tremblant venue, a new World Cup stop, as the world’s best giant slalom women skiers raced down the terrain-packed hill. Shiffrin ran third, taking the fifth spot after the first run with a clean run. Moltzan ran 14th first run with a few bobbles, and sat in 11th position after run one.
“It was quite nice to ski,” said Shiffrin after the first run. “It looks straightforward but there is actually a lot of terrain. I feel like we have not skied a hill like this before so it's nice to learn it.”
On the second run, the roar of the Tremblant crowd could be heard from the start. The terrain and a tricky course set tripped up quite a few racers. Moltzan skied well again with a few mistakes that ended up costing her overall time, finishing in 13th place.
“My skiing was medium today," said Moltzan. "I had a few mistakes in the first and second run. The snow is challenging but the hill is not, so those small mistakes made for a tough day. But I am excited to get back out here tomorrow.”
Shiffrin was next for the Stifel U.S. Ski Team out of the start and she knifed the course, gaining momentum and speed as she approached the finish line. Shiffrin ultimately ended up in third place, her 142nd World Cup podium. Italian skier Federica Brignone won the race with Slovakia's Petra Vlhova in second place.
“It was a wonderful day. I started off feeling unsure about the terrain and hill, but on the second run I really tried to push,” said Shiffrin. “You really can't make a mistake, so good stuff from my giant slalom skiing. I will have more confidence tomorrow.”
Stifel U.S. Ski Team members AJ Hurt and Elisabeth Bocok also raced: Hurt did not finish the first run and Bocock did not qualify for the second run, ending up in 47th position after run one.
The women will race giant slalom in Tremblant again Sunday.
HOW TO WATCH
11:00 a.m. - Tremblant World Cup, women’s giant slalom, run 1, skiandsnowboard.live
2:15 p.m. - Tremblant World Cup, women’s giant slalom, run 2, skiandsnowboard.live