Shiffrin wins national GS title |

Shiffrin wins national GS title

Squaw Valley skier Keith Moffat races the GS at the U.S. Alpine Championships. Moffat placed 25th.
Courtesy U.S. Ski Team |

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday, a day after Kieffer Christianson claimed the men’s GS title.

“The first GS win in a long time,” said Shiffrin, who also took the GS title in 2013 at Squaw Valley. “A win is a win, but to be honest, it’s nice to make it to the finish in a GS race.”

Resi Stiegler finished second and overall NorAm champion Megan McJames rounded out the podium in third. Thirty-seven-year-old former U.S. Ski Team member Sarah Schleper, meanwhile, who now skis for Team Mexico, was fourth.

Truckee native Stacey Cook placed seventh, and Squaw Valley skiers Keely Cashman and Francesca English were 18th and 21st, respectively.

For the men, after posting DNFs in Thursday’s super G and Friday’s slalom, Christianson, who has struggled with not finishing this season in NorAm and World Cup races, opted for a change in tactics.

“I pretty much just adopted a whole new approach today,” Christianson said. “It’s still just a course that you have to go and ski. So I put my effort in just freeskiing, and then let the rest take care of itself. I DNFed the past few races, then today I had a lot of fun warming up. I just had a really fun time skiing the course. It was awesome to finally put it together.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle was second, followed by Canadian Erik Read in third.

The skiers had to battle a crazy and fun course set — complete with six delays — with grippy snow on the top section and slick conditions at the bottom. But Christianson was positive throughout the day and was excited about the course. “I’m used to seeing the same thing over and over,” he said. “So this is really cool.”

Among Tahoe-area racers, Addison Dvoracek finished 20th, Ty Sprock was 24th, Keith Moffat 25th and Michael Cooper 26th.

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