The Latest: Shiffrin fights illness in bid for slalom gold

February 16, 2019

ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the skiing world championships (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Mikaela Shiffrin was joined by her Swedish good luck charm again during her slalom victory.

Shiffrin called Emma Lundell, a young cross-country skier who she met in 2012 on the day of her first career World Cup victory in Are, up to the stage during her post-race news conference.


Lundell, who was battling leukemia and receiving chemotherapy treatment when Shiffrin first met her, is a cancer survivor.

Shiffrin tells Lundell, "You're one of my biggest inspirations and something like an angel for me to always remind me of the important things in life. I really have to thank you for that. I don't know if I can ever explain to you what it means to me but I'm so happy that you're here."