Vail Daily column: Confidence cuts both ways for Shiffrin

Vail Daily column: Confidence cuts both ways for Shiffrin
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By Edward Stoner

Confidence is a core characteristic of champion athletes. When you take that deep breath at the start, tap your poles together and place them over the timing wand, having the confidence to attack the course ahead is a difference maker. But confidence can also bite you back. That was the case with Mikaela Shiffrin this weekend, finishing an uncharacteristic 11th in the opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland. A year ago, Shiffrin started defense of her slalom globe with a stunning 1.06 second win in Levi over the legendary Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. She took Lapland …

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