She finished 0.53 seconds faster than veteran Marlies Schild of Austria. Marlies is one of Shiffrin's childhood favorites.
Shiffrin took the record for youngest Olympic slalom champion from Paoletta Magoni of Italy. She won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Games when she was 19.
Schriffin, from Vail, Colo., completed a full set of slalom honors. They include Olympic and world championship gold medals and a season-long World Cup discipline title. All came before her 19th birthday next month.
Shiffrin had built a 0.49 advantage over Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. She had a near-flawless first run.
Shiffrin hesitated to celebrate as she completed her run. She only seemed sure she had won when Schild and Zettel came across the finish area to raise her arms in triumph.
Shiffrin is the first American woman to get a slalom medal of any kind since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
She showed her patriotic colors. Shiffrin wore a stars-and-stripes design on her race helmet and a small painted flag on the right side of her neck.
Critical thinking challenge: Why did Mikaela hesitate to celebrate? How close was the race?
- Posted on February 21, 2014