The skier from Vail handed over the limelight for a few minutes to Frida Hansdotter, a Swedish skier who today ended her sporting career in Grandvalira. To everyone’s surprise, she made her last descent dressed in typical Swedish costume and a basket full of kanelbullar, cinnamon cakes that are typical of her country. She handed them out as she stopped at different points on the slope to greet and hug people who have contributed towards making her career a great one, including members of the FIS. As she crossed the finish line she was given a standing ovation by the public and her fellow competitors.
Born in 1985, Hansdotter’s track record includes three World Championship medals and a Slalom World Cup and she is the current Olympic champion in this modality. The Swedish skier described this week as “spectacular”, praising how involved the public was with the competition and expressing her satisfaction at having finished her professional career in the world of Alpine skiing in Andorra.
Winning four Globes in the same season has allowed Shiffrin to “make a dream come true”, she said, and the competition this Sunday has rounded off her “fantastic” performance in Andorra.
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