LEVI, Finland – Petra vlhova kept his lead from the first round to beat Mikaela Shiffrin and win the first slalom of the season world Cup Saturday.
The Slovak VlhovaReigning overall champion, she initially lost several hundredths of her slight 11-hundredths-of-a-second lead, but accelerated near the end of her final run to win by 31-hundredths of a second as the pair continued their dominance of the annual event in Finnish Lapland.
No other skier apart from Vlhova or Shiffrin has won the slalom that traditionally opens the season since then-overall champion Tina Maze triumphed in 2014. Shiffrin and Vlhova now they have won it four times each.
“Here on this type of track I like to ski, it is something special for me,” he said. Vlhova, who won two slaloms in one weekend here last year.
After dealing with a back problem that limited his training for the past few weeks, Shiffrin he had to wait in his quest to match the 32-year-old mark for more World Cup victories in the same discipline. She currently has 45 slalom victories, and the American is within one to tie the mark of the great Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden in giant slalom.
Lena Durr she finished 84 hundredths of a second in third place for the second podium in the German’s career, nearly nine years after winning a city event in Moscow.
Andreja Slokar Slovenia, who won the side event last week, crossed the line 1 second 12 hundredths behind in fourth place, followed by Anna Swenn Larsson, who was a hundredth of a second behind in fifth place. The Swede returned from a knee injury to compete in her first World Cup event in 21 months.
Katharina Liensberger Austria was 1 second 28 hundredths of a second behind in sixth place. Liensberger surpassed Shiffrin and Vlhova to conquer the World Cup slalom title last season several weeks after also winning the world title in the discipline.