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Mikaela Shiffrin dominates season’s final slalom for 12th victory of the season – The Denver Post

Mikaela Shiffrin capped a spectacular slalom season with a flourish on Saturday at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, dominating both runs to claim her seventh win in nine slaloms and her 12th of the season across all disciplines. Only four racers in history have won more in a season, and she can tie three of them with a win in giant slalom on Sunday, the final day of the season.

Shiffrin overpowered the field in the first run, posting the fastest time by 0.72 of a second, and she closed even more emphatically in the second run to win by 1.58 seconds. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was second and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third.

The win was special, but Shiffrin seemed more excited about how her skiing felt to her than her margin. It was an exhibition of clean, dynamic, aggressive slalom, Shiffrin at her best.

“My big focus was just trying to put two really good runs together,” Shiffrin told reporters at the finish. “The first run, it was really quite solid, and for sure it was great skiing, but I felt like I had something else, like another level I could push. In the second run, I really did that, I skied it the way I imagined it should be skied. I was really pushing every single gate.

“It was really special to feel that when I was skiing, and special to go through the finish and feel like it was really good. Then to see that my time was also reflective of that, that moment was so incredible, it’s hard to describe how that feels.”

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