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Sport Vlhova beats Shiffrin to win World Cup slalom

18:46  12 november  2017
18:46  12 november  2017 Source:   ap.org

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LEVI, Finland (AP) — Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin 's main rival for slalom success in the Olympic season. At the

She also beat Shiffrin in March at the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado, after the American had wrapped up her first overall title. Each of the 14 previous times she was leading in a slalom race after the opening run, she won the race. Shiffrin increased her lead over Vlhova to 0.23 at the first split

Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)© The Associated Press Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

LEVI, Finland — Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin's main rival for slalom success in the Olympic season.

At the first World Cup race in the discipline, Vlhova trailed Shiffrin by 0.21 on Saturday after the opening leg but used a near-perfect second run to finish in 1 minute, 49.98 seconds and edge the overall World Cup champion by 0.10.

"I feel great and I am really happy that I beat Mikaela because she is really strong and fast," Vlhova said.

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At the first World Cup race in the discipline, Vlhova trailed Shiffrin by 0.21 on Saturday after the opening leg but used a near-perfect second run to finish in 1 minute, 49.98 seconds and edge the overall World Cup champion by 0.10. "I feel great and I am really happy that I beat Mikaela because

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin 's main rival for slalom success in the Olympic season.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was 1.35 behind in third with the rest of the field finishing more than two seconds behind. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, the only skier other than Shiffrin to win the slalom World Cup title in the past five years, was third after the opening run but dropped to fourth.

It was Vlhova's third career win. She also beat Shiffrin in March at the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado, after the American had wrapped up her first overall title. The Olympic gold medalist also won her third world slalom title last season.

Vlhova had been tipped as Shiffrin's closest competitor since Slovakian teammate Veronika Velez Zuzulova, who was runner-up to the American last season, suffered a severe knee injury in September.

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LEVI, Finland (AP) Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin ’s main rival for slalom success in the Olympic season. At the first World Cup race in the discipline

It was Vlhova 's third career win . She also beat Shiffrin in March at the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado, after the American had wrapped up Shiffrin won the traditional first slalom of the season in Finnish Lapland twice, in 2013 and again last year. Each of the 14 previous times she was leading

"I have been training very hard because it is the Olympic season," Vlhova said. "But now the goal is (to compete) for the World Cup. End of January I start to think about the Olympic Games."

Shiffrin won the traditional first slalom of the season in Finnish Lapland twice, in 2013 and again last year.

Each of the 14 previous times she was leading in a slalom race after the opening run, she won the race.

Shiffrin increased her lead over Vlhova to 0.23 at the first split time of her final run, but lost time on the steep middle section and could not make up enough on the flats before the finish.

After missing out on her 32nd career victory, she said it was "OK to have another podium."

"But I know, Petra, she is really hammering. She is pushing a lot," Shiffrin said.

Shiffrin set the pace in the opening leg with an aggressive and dynamic run. She came wide at a turn on the steep part of the course but quickly regained her rhythm.

"I was pretty clean for the most parts so I can be a little bit more precise maybe in a couple of gates," she said. "But it felt like a good run. It was really fun to ski."

Shiffrin finished fifth in the season-opening giant slalom in Austria two weeks ago, when she complained about stiff legs.

"I had a much better feeling today," Shiffrin said. "This morning when I woke up I was a little bit nervous but when I went into the starting gate I sort of relaxed and tried to push me for that run."

A men's World Cup slalom on the same course is scheduled for Sunday.

American Shiffrin captures another slalom title in Vermont .
Mikaela Shiffrin had one of those days on Sunday, the kind her competitors on the World Cup have come to dread.On a day when cold wind gusts and angry snow squalls raked Killington, Shiffrin won the first run convincingly, and then skied brilliantly on a brutal second course to distance herself further from her rivals.Shiffrin, who was second in Saturday's giant slalom to Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, picked up her first win of the season, and made it look almost easy.She finished with a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds, 1.64 seconds ahead of Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. Austria's Bernadette Schild finished third in 1:43.58, a distant 2.

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