Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin picked up her third victory in four World Cup slalom races this season under the lights Tuesday night at Flachau, Austria, reinforcing her status as the Olympic favorite in the event. It was her seventh career World Cup victory over two seasons.
"As I said on the podium, it's nice to sing my national anthem a couple of races before the Olympics," Shiffrin told reporters after the race. "Hopefully I can keep it going."
Shiffrin, 18, of Eagle-Vail, is the reigning world champion in slalom. She figures to get lots of attention in the U.S. as the Olympics approach, but she said she has no problem with pressure.
"No, it's really cool," Shiffrin said. "Imagine being in my position, 18 and I'm going to the Olympics. It's one of my dream-come-trues, and if I'm a medal contender, then that just means I'm going to try and contend for a medal."
Shiffrin became the second youngest woman to win seven World Cup slalom races, the youngest in 34 years. Perrine Pelen of France won her seventh in March 1979.
A pair of Swedes, Frida Hansdotter and Maria Pietilae-Holmner, finished second and third respectively.
The next two weekends on the women's World Cup are devoted to downhill and super-G — Shiffrin doesn't race those disciplines yet — so she won't compete again until the weekend before the Olympics, racing giant slalom and slalom Feb. 1-2 in Maribor, Slovenia.