Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the opening World Cup slalom by a massive 1.06 seconds in Levi, Finland, and her prize was a reindeer.
She now leads the overall FIS Women's World Cup standings. Shiffrin has won five of the last eight World Cup Slaloms.
Shiffrin has been focusing on skiing two consistent runs per race.
"Thatís the goal, try to ski fast both runs, to ski my skiing both runs from top to bottom. I donít always like to start first, but if Iím going last in the second run thatís never a bad sign," she said.
She's glad to be back on snow after a long summer.
"Iím a ski racer at heart, so Iím really happy to be back racing, back on snow, back in winter. It was really foreign to me this summer with all the media and everybody so excited abut the Olympics. Itís awesome and itís a great place to be for sure, but I had no idea what to expect. So itís nice to have my feet back on the ground, back in a place that I know."
The women's World Cup tour now moves to Beaver Creek, Colo. for a downhill, super G and giant slalom Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The events will test the newly completed Raptor course, which will host all women's competition during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Listen to my segment on the subject on Radio BDC in the audio player below.
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