Shhhh. Hear the drums? Shiffrin can.

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Shhhh. Hear the drums? Shiffrin can.

Vail teenager already is making noise at the World Cup
When 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin skis down a slalom course, she hears music, song, rhythm. And the teenager from Vail struck the perfect chord Thursday in Are, Sweden – she won her first World Cup race. Shiffrin, who shares her hometown with American star Lindsey Vonn, quickly is becoming the circuit’s next big thing.
“The gates hitting the ground – it’s like a song, when the drums go berserk,” Mikaela Shiffrin said. “That really helps me. It’s like, ‘OK, let’s try to pick up the pace here. The drum tempo is picking up.’ I can feel myself hitting the gates faster. I hear the tempo in my mind, and all of a sudden I’m in the zone and can’t be distracted.”
“I know how to deal with nerves better,” said Mikaela Shiffrin, who currently leads the World Cup slalom standings over Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. “Any doubts I have, I just push them away and deal with the task at hand. I’m trying to keep it really simple.”
World Cup

Slalom Standings



1. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 196 points.

2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 174.

3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 170.

4. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 144.

5. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 127.



Overall Standings



1. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 919.

2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 532.

3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 466.

4. Lindsey Vonn, United States, 414.

5. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 350.

Also:

7. Julia Mancuso, United States, 345.



Associated Press

Shhhh. Hear the drums? Shiffrin can.

When 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin skis down a slalom course, she hears music, song, rhythm. And the teenager from Vail struck the perfect chord Thursday in Are, Sweden – she won her first World Cup race. Shiffrin, who shares her hometown with American star Lindsey Vonn, quickly is becoming the circuit’s next big thing.
“The gates hitting the ground – it’s like a song, when the drums go berserk,” Mikaela Shiffrin said. “That really helps me. It’s like, ‘OK, let’s try to pick up the pace here. The drum tempo is picking up.’ I can feel myself hitting the gates faster. I hear the tempo in my mind, and all of a sudden I’m in the zone and can’t be distracted.”
“I know how to deal with nerves better,” said Mikaela Shiffrin, who currently leads the World Cup slalom standings over Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. “Any doubts I have, I just push them away and deal with the task at hand. I’m trying to keep it really simple.”
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