ARE, Sweden – Mikaela Shiffrin has battled sick to win a fourth-ever slalom title at the world championships, after one of the toughest performances of her career.
Mikaela Shiffrin's careful planning did not pay off in the giant slalom at the world championships, as the American had to settle for the bronze medal behind the winner Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.
No alpine skier, male or female, had previously won the same discipline in four consecutive championships.
The 23-year-old American, who was low on energy because of a cold, improved from third place after the first run to take a 0.58 second win over Sweden's Anna Swenn Larsson.
Visibly suffering from the effects of his illness, Shiffrin collapsed under the snow for some time in the finish area after a second run. She seemed moved when her win was confirmed as Wendy Holdener, the leader after the first run, left the course at the start of the second run.
It was a second gold medal of these championships for Shiffrin after winning the super-G. She also won the bronze medal in the giant slalom.
She has won five gold medals at the world championships and seven medals in total, which places her at one point in the US record held by Lindsey Vonn.
Petra Vlhova of Slovakia won the bronze medal.