KILLINGTON, Vt. — Mikaela Shiffrin said that she had begun to take the Killington Cup for granted.
In fact, the last time the race was held in 2019, Shiffrin admitted that it felt like the weight of the world was on her shoulders. At 24 years old, the product of Burke Mountain Academy had become the poster child for the World Cup’s popular stop in Vermont. She had become the main attraction that brought tens of thousands to the base of Superstar every November. There’s a lot of responsibility in that, a chore that, Shiffrin, said can be overwhelming.
“And then, I actually look at the crowd.”
Both Shiffrin and the Killington crowd made triumphant returns Sunday, as Shiffrin took the top spot in the slalom competition, one day after the giant slalom had to be canceled due to weather.