Vail's Shiffrin claims bronze in slalom at Junior World Alpine Ski Championships in Switzerland

By Real Vail
Real AspenFebruary 3, 2011
CRANS-MONTANA – First year FIS racer Mikalea Shiffrin, of Vail, took home bronze in slalom at the 2011 FIS Junior World Alpine Ski Championships in Crans-Montana. Austria's Jessica Depauli took home gold.

Shiffrin, one of two U.S. women to start the race, sat in fourth after first the run. Charging out of the start she picked up a spot in the second run to finish third and take home bronze in her first Junior Worlds.

Shiffrin came into Junior Worlds strong after posting strong results on the NorAm circuit. However, Depauli's speed couldn't be matched posting a time of 1:40.32, nearly a second ahaead of the field. Sweden's Anna Swen-Larsson finished behind Depauli with silver.

The 2011 FIS Junior World Alpine Ski Championships Thursday with the women's super G.

2011 FIS Junior World Alpine Ski Championships
Crans-Montana, Switzerland – Feb. 3, 2011

Gold: Jessica Depauli, Austria, 1:40.32
Silver: Anna Swen-Larsson, Sweden, 1:41.22
Bronze: Mikaeal Shiffrin, Vail, CO (Burke Mountain Academy) 1:41.27
DNF: Maisie Ide, Minneappolis (Buck Hill Ski Team and Club)

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