Mikaela Shiffrin Ends Slalom Season With Disappointing Performance After World Cup Triumph

Published 03/19/2022, 10:52 AM EDT
YANQING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 09: Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States reacts prior to the Women’s Slalom Run 1 on day five of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Alpine Ski Centre on February 09, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

After securing her fourth overall crystal globe, today’s season-ending slalom race was a mere formality for the American skier Mikaela Shiffrin. However, she didn’t think of it that way. For her, the remaining two races were about maintaining consistency, which she has failed in achieving once again.

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The finals of the FIS Ski World Cup began with a victory downhill for Mikaela, followed by a second-place finish in the super-G event. Apart from winning her fourth world cup title, the spectacular performance in these two races made sure that she has an assailable lead over rival Petra Vlhova in the overall world cup standings.

While Mikaela Shiffrin wins the world cup, Petra Vlhova wins overall slalom trophy

The last two races rewarded Mikaela with her fourth world cup victory. However, in today’s slalom race Mikaela finished eighth. On the other hand, after securing the third position in slalom today, her rival Petra Vlhova wins the overall slalom trophy. The Slovakian skier may have missed the number one position in the overall world cup standings, but in overall slalom, she remains at the top.

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With one race still to go in the finals, the results are already out. Though every skier will look to finish this season on a high note.

Consistency is still an issue with Mikaela

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Although Mikaela has nothing to lose in this edition of the World Cup, her consistency is still an issue. Undoubtedly, it is quite expected because of the change in discipline with every race. However, going into the future this is something she’ll have to work on a bit.

It has been an amazing week for the American skier. She clung to her world number one position, won her fourth world cup title, and, by doing so, joined the club of compatriot Lindsey Vonn.

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All she can do right now is relax and be proud of herself for what she had accomplished here.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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