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Mikaela Shiffrin voted skier of the year by journalists

October 25, 2019
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo silver medalist in the women's combined Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Shiffrin will be counted on to carry her sport even more with the retirements of such big names as Lindsey Vonn, Marcel Hirscher and Aksel Lund Svindal. That's a lot of pressure for the 24-year-old who's coming off a season in which she recorded a record 17 World Cup wins. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo silver medalist in the women's combined Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Shiffrin will be counted on to carry her sport even more with the retirements of such big names as Lindsey Vonn, Marcel Hirscher and Aksel Lund Svindal. That's a lot of pressure for the 24-year-old who's coming off a season in which she recorded a record 17 World Cup wins. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Three-time overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin has been voted skier of the year for 2019, beating last year’s winner Marcel Hirscher in the vote by the international association of ski journalists.

Shiffrin, who also won the award in 2017, set an all-time best mark by winning 17 World Cup races. The American added gold medals in slalom and super-G, and bronze in GS at the world championships in Sweden in February.

“It feels a little bit wrong, actually, but it’s also an incredible honor,” Shiffrin said Friday after receiving the Skieur d’Or-Serge Lang Trophy, named after the founder of Alpine skiing’s World Cup in the 1960s.

“It’s astounding to me that’s it not Marcel this year, because he’s had such an incredible career. I certainly would have voted for him.”

AIJS President Patrick Lang praised Shiffrin for being “a very enjoyable interview partner for ski reporters” and for “doing a great job to promote our sport around the globe.”

Lang said Shiffrin beat Hirscher, who retired after winning his record-extending eighth straight overall championship, “by only a few votes.”

Hirscher and Swiss great Pirmin Zurbriggen received the award four times each. Earlier American winners include Lindsey Vonn in 2009 and Bode Miller in 2005.

The new World Cup season starts with a women’s giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier on Saturday, followed by the men’s race the next day.

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