Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin Speeds To 5th Straight Win

posted by Mike Rice - 

Mikaela Shiffrin

Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin speeds to a win in a slalom race in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Photo: Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)


Unfortunately, hyperbole is all too often the language of sports. But when it comes to what Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin is accomplishing this World Cup season, all of it applies.

Shiffrin won the slalom in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday, January 9 for her fifth consecutive win. She trailed by about one-third of a second after the first run before blazing through her second run and winning by nearly one second.

In her last 10 races, Shiffrin has nine wins and a third-place finish. Her 41 career World Cup wins before her 23rd birthday equals Annemarie Moser-Proell's record, set in the 1970s.

Shiffrin is the first female skier to ever to start a calendar year with five consecutive wins. She leads the overall World Cup standings with more than twice the points of her nearest competitor.

And the best could be yet to come for Shiffrin. The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea are February 9.

GET MORE ON SHIFFRIN'S WIN IN AUSTRIA HERE

Check out Mikaela's second run and comments from her, along with pro skier Chris Anthony, below.

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