Mikaela Shiffrin wins last Women’s World Cup slalom ahead of Beijing Olympics
SCHLADMING, Austria ( Associated Press) — Mikaela Schiffrin won the women’s last slalom World Cup ahead of the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday, while her Slovakian rival Petra Vlahova claimed the season’s title.
Running on the challenging Planai course, the American improved from fifth place, posting the fastest time with the all-attacking run beating first-run leader Vlahova by 0.15 seconds.
Germany’s Lena Dürer was 0.93 behind in third place.
It was Shiffrin’s 47th career slalom victory, making her the first skier in World Cup history to win so many races in the same discipline. He previously shared the best points with Swedish great Ingmar Stenmark, who won 46 giant slaloms in the 1970s and ’80s.
“It’s quite special to sit here right now. Looks like it didn’t happen,” said Shiffrin, who extended her lead in the overall standings to 55 points over Vlahova.
Her victory did not prevent Vlahova from securing the title of the season in the discipline.
Slovakia, which has won five of the seven slaloms this season, is ahead of Shifrin by 220 points with two more World Cup slaloms scheduled after the Olympics.
Velhova won the Slalom Globe once earlier, in 2020, when Shiffrin won it six times in seven years.
The title went to Katarina Linsberger last season. On Tuesday, the Austrian was 0.79 behind in eighth after the first run and eventually finished 21st after nearly skiing at the end of her second run.
Schiffrin’s teammate Paula Moltzen was sixth after the opening run, but went past a gate in her second. The American has been skiing with a pole mounted on her glove since she fractured her left wrist.
Canada’s Ali Nulmeyer and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdner, who shared third place after an opening run, both failed to finish their final runs.
Anna Sven-Larsen, who finished third in a slalom in Slovenia on Sunday, was among the fastest starters in the first run and by two-tenths of a second in the first split before the Swede passed a gate. More and more Vlhova headed.
The Planai course is an annual stop on the men’s circuit. The women last raced at the venue in 2013 during the World Championships.
The race was moved from nearby Flachau, which has recently been hit by a surge in coronavirus infections.
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