17 year old World Cup slalom leader Mikaela Shiffrin out of Eagle-Vail, CO, skied to gold at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria, winning the women's slalom. Shiffrin's medal keeps the USA atop the medal standings with four golds and a bronze (Ligety 3 gold, Shiffrin gold, Mancuso bronze). Official Slalom Results
This is another historic win, following Ted Ligety's 3 gold medals, for the U.S. Team in as much as Mikaela at 17 years 340 days, is the third youngest ladies' slalom gold medalist in world championships history. The only women's slalom world champions younger than Shiffrin are Hanni Wenzel (LIE) at 17 years 56 days in 1974, and Esme Mackinnon (GBR) at 17 years 82 days in 1931. She is also the second youngest world champion alpine skier from the USA, in either gender and in any discipline, after Roffe-Steinrotter.
On the World Cup tour this season Shiffrin has three wins from seven slalom races, with no other woman winning more than once.
Mikaela Shiffrin (C) with second placed Michaela Kirchgasser (R) of Austria and third placed Frida Hansdotter (R) of Sweden Copyright Getty Images