Shiffrin caps off season with 106th podium as Robinson wins Giant Slalom in Lenzerheide

New Zealand's Alice Robinson triumphed in the last event of the World Cup Finals, ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and Meta Hrovat.

By Alessandro Poggi

Alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin has capped the most challenging season of her career with an impressive 106th World Cup podium.

The American finished second in the Giant Slalom event at the Finals in Lenzerheide behind Alice Robinson, who claimed her first win of the season.

The 19-year-old Kiwi was fourth after the first run, but charged in the second to overtake first-round leader Shiffrin by 0.28 seconds.

Slovenia's Meta Hrovat completed the podium, 0.48 seconds behind Robinson.

Shiffrin's 106th top-3 finish in 192 starts means she has finished on the podium in 55% of the World Cup races she has participated in.

Petra Vlhova, the 2021 overall World Cup winner, looked tired in 11th place, while Super G globe winner Lara Gut-Behrami decided to end her first run early.

Marta Bassino, who had already secured the GS globe, finished 7th in the last race of the season.

"There's a lot of things that went totally different this season and I had a lot of uncertainty personally," said Shiffrin after Saturday's final slalom of the season.

"It's been quite successful, even if it's comparatively not as successful as other seasons."

Shiffrin's previous season had a very different ending.

After the tragic death of her father Jeff at the beginning of February 2020, the global pandemic outbreak kept her away from the slopes for several months.

And while tragedies in her personal life left her considering her competitive future, the enforcement of COVID restrictions hampered her summer preparation and the testing of new materials.

This season, after missing her debut in Soelden due to a back injury, Shiffrin made her long-awaited comeback in Levi, Finland, where she came second.

In December, the Colorado-born skier returned to winning ways in Courchevel, France, which was followed by slalom victories in Flachau in January and Jasna this month.

Even more impressive was her campaign at the Cortina 2021 World Championships, where she came back with four medals, including one gold (her sixth title overall) in the combined event.

As the season comes to an end, Shiffrin is already looking forward to next one, leading to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and admitted she might adjust her schedule to protect her fitness and health.