Upping the ante in this Sochi Olympics qualifying season, Shiffrin has decided to make a run for Team USA in this more challenging event too. In this season-opening contest, she raced to a sixth place (2:26.78), the best among the American contingent. Her two runs (1:10.65, 1:16.13) sealed yet another top ten finish.
"I'm working hard on my GS and I feel like I've made a lot of improvements," Shiffrin said in a pre-race interview posted via an AP wire.
Winner Lara Gut of Switzerland raged through the gates in a blistering 1:09.26 first race, followed by a 1:15.90 clocking, for a 2:25.16 total. Austria’s Kathrin Zettel (2:26.00) and Germany’s Vikoria Rebensburg (2:26.44) rounded out the podium. Defending overall World Cup champion, Tina Maze, settled for 18th place (2:28.21).
Fellow American teammate Julia Mancuso competed in a sub-par 27th finish (2:28.85), well over 3 second behind the leader.
Lindsey Vonn, who had hopes to compete in this event, skipped this race to focus on her training. Vonn is nearly fully recovered from her severe right knee injury last February.