Vlhova makes use of frenetic ultimate run to beat Shiffrin in World Cup slalom race in France

Mikaela Shiffrin 2, Petra Vlhova 2.

The 2 finest slalom skiers on the ladies’s World Cup continued their rivalry Thursday, as Vlhova used a frenetic ultimate run to edge out Shiffrin in powerful situations at an evening race affected by rain and fog in Courchevel, France.

They’ve now each received two slaloms this season. Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic champion, leads the standings with 330 factors; Vlhova, the 2022 Olympic gold medallist, trails by 50 factors in second. The season consists of 11 slaloms.

On Thursday, Vlhova trailed the American by 0.17 seconds after the opening run however posted the quickest second-run time to guide the race.

Shiffrin, because the final starter, misplaced time on Vlhova at every break up and in the end got here up 0.24 brief.

WATCH | Vlhova takes World Cup slalom win in France:

Petra Vlhova captures thirtieth World Cup win with slalom victory in France

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova wins the ladies’s slalom occasion in Courchevel, France, with a time of 1:48.14.

“Petra is simply an unbelievable slalom skier. It is not potential to beat her until I’m at 100 per cent. I used to be snowboarding rather well as we speak, although,” stated Shiffrin, who smiled after ending and congratulated Vlhova with a hug.

“I did not see her second run, in fact. However I can think about she did it effectively, like she earned that victory. I’m pleased with the second place, perhaps not completely happy, in fact. However I feel I dealt with these situations higher than I’ve up to now.”

Vlhova received the primary slalom this season and Shiffrin the following two, together with the race in Killington, Vermont, in November.

WATCH | Shiffrin takes World Cup win over Vlhova:

Mikaela Shiffrin earns first World Cup win of season in girls’s slalom

The record-setting skier completed with an general time of 1:51.68 to position first within the girls’s slalom competitors on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup cease in Levi, Finland.

Final January, Lena Duerr turned the final skier aside from Shiffrin or Vlhova to win a World Cup slalom. On Thursday, the German had the third-fastest time on the first verify level within the opening run earlier than straddling a gate.

The consequence marked the twenty third time in girls’s World Cup historical past that Shiffrin and Vlhova completed 1-2 in a slalom, with the American successful on 13 events.

“It is actually good for our sport, as a result of I feel we’re pushing one another. We’re perhaps placing our snowboarding to larger ranges,” Vlhova stated.

It was Vlhova’s twenty first profession win in a slalom, giving her fourth place on the all-time winners listing. Solely Shiffrin (55), Marlies Schild (35) and Vreni Schneider (34) have received extra slaloms.

Far forward of the pack

The Shiffrin-Vlhova dominance in slalom was mirrored within the ultimate consequence as the remainder of the sphere completed greater than two seconds off the tempo. Austrian skiers Katharina Truppe and Katharina Gallhuber have been third and fourth, respectively, and Shiffrin’s American teammate Paula Moltzan dropped from fourth after the primary run to fifth, 2.64 behind Vlhova.

Toronto’s Ali Nullmeyer positioned in a tie for thirteenth, ending 3.59 seconds again of Vlhova, whereas Amelia Sensible of Invermere, B.C., completed 5.02 seconds again in Twenty sixth-place.

WATCH | 2nd run of ladies’s World Cup slalom in France:

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Courchevel: Girls’s slalom run 2

Watch the ultimate run of the ladies’s slalom race from the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup occasion in Courchevel, France.

“I’m feeling nice, with massive confidence,” Vlhova stated. “The final races, I used to be all the time there however one thing was lacking. This victory is basically vital. I do know that I will be quick, and as we speak I confirmed.”

Earlier Thursday, Shiffrin and Vlhova defied the situations to arrange yet one more duel for victory, as they left the sphere behind at greater than a second off the American’s lead.

“Yeah, it is powerful. You see a giant hole, that is as a result of there’s not a lot to push on,” Shiffrin stated in regards to the weakened floor of the Stade E. Allais course.

Shiffrin, coming off a uncommon DNF in Sunday’s super-G in close by Val d’Isere, opened the race and averted main errors on a troublesome course set by Vlhova’s coach Mauro Pini.

The Slovakian, who began second, was sooner than Shiffrin in three of the 4 sections, however had a expensive mistake within the second the place she misplaced 0.47 on the American.

“I felt superb at my snowboarding, however it was an enormous benefit to begin primary. It is fairly difficult situations,” Shiffrin stated.

Shiffrin prolonged her lead within the general standings, now main Federica Brignone by 143 factors. The Italian, who received Sunday’s super-G, not often competes in slalom and sat out Thursday’s race.

The subsequent World Cup races are a GS and slalom in Lienz, Austria, subsequent Thursday and Friday.

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