Vlhova leads Shiffrin after 1st run of World Cup slalom


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Jasna, Slovakia (AFP) Petra Vlhova and Michaela Schiffrin set up another match to win the slalom for the Women’s World Cup on Saturday.

Vlhova, Discipline Leader from Slovakia, scored the fastest time on the inaugural round of her hill home race where she trains regularly.

Schiffrin, who won a record number of races at the World Cup 44, slipped 0.27 seconds into second place. The American won the race when it was last held in the Slovak resort five years ago.

“You did a good run. I did everything I wanted to do,” said Flofa, adding that she planned to ski “without any brakes, just for a complete fuel disposal” in the final round.

Felhova and Schiffrin have won 30 of the 31 World Cup slalom races held since January 2017, a series that was only once stopped by Swiss Michel Giesen.

Gissen’s teammate, Wendy Holdner, came down 0.40 in third place, while Austrian Katharina Linsberger got 0.91 to replace in the second leg.

Linsberger defeated Velhova and Schiffrin to take the gold medal in the slalom at the World Championships two weeks ago, ending the series of four American titles.

The rest of the field, led by Jezzine, fell behind the leaders by more than a second in Saturday’s race.

In twenty-sixth place, Schiffrin’s colleague, Paula Moltzan, scored the sixth fastest time.


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