Petra Vlhova Wins 3rd Successive Slalom to Replace Mikaela Shiffrin at Top of World Cup Standings

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Petra Vlhova celebrates her victory in Zagreb. Credit: RDS

Petra Vlhova won her third successive women’s World Cup slalom Sunday to overtake the absent Mikaela Shiffrin on the top of the discipline standings. Shiffrin is taking a break from the sport following the death of her father two weeks ago.

The Slovakian skier, who won in Zagreb and Flachau recently and has finished on the podium in 13 of the last 15 races, now leads the discipline standings by 20 points from Shiffrin.

“I am so, so happy that I found something inside me,” Vlhova said. “Because the first run I did really bad. The second run I tried to push and at the end I was lucky.”

Vlhova was more than nine-tenths off the lead in fourth place after the first run but posted the fastest time in her second run.

The result extended the dominant three-year winning streak of Shiffrin and Vlhova in World Cup slaloms. Shiffrin and her Slovakian rival have won the last 26 slaloms, with Shiffrin racking up 19 wins and Vlhova seven.

Shiffrin remains in the lead of the overall World Cup, 113 points ahead of Italy’s Federica Brignone. Vlhova trails by 154 points in third.

The women’s World Cup continues with two downhills and an Alpine combined event in Crans Montana, Switzerland, next week, writes ABC.


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