Mikaela Shiffrin stuns slalom rivals with two huge World Cup wins

    Story highlights

    • Shiffrin sets record winning margin in Aspen
    • Back-to-back slalom wins establish dominance
    • Vonn and Shiffrin both crash in giant slalom

    (CNN)The margins were so big, Mikaela Shiffrin barely knew what to say.

    Her back-to-back World Cup slalom victories in Aspen, Colorado, produced historic gaps between the American 20-year-old and the remainder of the world's best skiers.
      On Saturday, Shiffrin beat everyone by more than three seconds -- the largest winning margin in history for women's slalom at the World Cup, smashing a record set in 1968.
        "I don't think they are ever going to let me get away with three seconds ever again," the Olympic and world slalom champion said after that race. Yet she almost repeated the trick within 24 hours.
        Sunday's race was nearly identical. Shiffrin won by 2.65 seconds and it could have been more, had she not made a small mistake near the start of her final run.
        "Yesterday was such a big margin and I wondered what happened," Shiffrin said after her first run on Sunday.
        "This morning I woke and I was like, 'Oh, they're all playing a joke on me.' So I thought I had to ski even harder today. I just tried to attack even more.
        "I felt good yesterday, but that I could also raise the bar more."