Mikaela Shiffrin Finishes 3rd In Giant Slalom At Jasna World Cup

by Todd Kortemeier

Mikaela Shiffrin in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 7, 2021 in Jasna Slovakia.


The hunter in Saturday’s slalom race, Mikaela Shiffrin became the hunted on Sunday in giant slalom at the world cup in Jasna, Slovakia, losing her lead after the first run but still ending up on the podium in third place.
Hometown hero Petra Vlhova turned the tables on Shiffrin from Saturday, when Shiffrin overcame a .27 second deficit to Vlhova after one run to take her 69th world cup title. On Sunday, Shiffrin held a .16 second lead. But her slower second run — which came after a two-minute delay at the starting gate for repairs on the course — allowed Vlhova to move into the lead and New Zealand’s Alice Robinson to surge into second place with the fastest run of the day. 
Team USA’s Nina O’Brien was in fourth place after one run but did not finish her second.
Italy’s Marta Bassino placed fourth and clinched the giant slalom season title. 
Shiffrin, the 2019 giant slalom champion, ranks fourth in the standings and could finish as high as second with one race left to go. Shiffrin trails Vlhova by 45 points in the slalom standings with three events left on that schedule. Shiffrin is seeking her seventh career slalom title. With her giant slalom win, Vlhova gained ground on Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami for the overall world cup title, now trailing by just 36 points.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.