Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin, leading after the first run, wound up a disappointing fifth behind winner Nicole Hosp of Austria Sunday in a World Cup slalom at Aspen.
Shiffrin, 19, was vying to become the first American ski racer to win 10 career World Cup slalom races and the first American woman to win at Aspen since Tamara McKinney claimed a giant slalom there in 1981.
Shiffrin cited a case of nerves heading into the first run in the morning, but said she wasn’t quite as jittery in the afternoon.
“Not as bad in the second run,” the two-time defending World Cup slalom champion said. “The first run helped to know that even skiing nervous and with a few mistakes I’m still one of the fastest in the world, but I have a little bit of work to do with my slalom and I knew that coming into this race. The result’s OK and I have some training to do.”
Shiffrin showed no nerves earlier this year in Sochi when she became the youngest woman ever to win the Olympic slalom title. Now she’ll try to win her second world championship later this season on her home mountain of Beaver Creek at the World Alpine Ski Championships Feb. 2-15.
Hosp, the silver medalist in slalom at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, said she’s had “a lot of injuries and to be on the podium is so great.”