“I was just trying to fight to stay in the course if I could and do by very best but it was tough today. My skiing, especially in the second run, was really good, I was pushing really hard.
“I don’t want people to think, like: ‘Oh, I’m sick and I won.’ I mean, I was really pushing and maybe I couldn’t have done better if I was feeling normal.”
It means that Shiffrin, remarkably still only 23, adds the world title in Are to her previous slalom golds in Schladming, Beaver Creek and St. Moritz.
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She admitted that the possibility of making history was the extra motivation she needed to power through.
“Today was something else,” she said of the occasion. “There’s been a lot going on these Championships since the Super-G win. I certainly had a lot of doubt today but in the most important moments it was okay.
“Like I said, my team was just spectacular this whole time to get me to toughen up and do the job. I’m really, really happy.”
The packed grandstand produced the loudest roar of the afternoon when home star Swenn Larsson crossed the line into second place, with just Holdener left to run, to guarantee herself a first ever World Championship medal.