Petra Vlhova won the slalom in Zagreb 12 months after her last time, for the second year in a row. Now the next appointment with slalom on Tuesday 12th in Flachau. Vlhova preceded the Austrian Katharina Liensberger, while in third step of the podium there is the Swiss Michelle Gisin.
The Slovak, increasingly cup leader, took home the victory number 18 of her career, while her podiums are 39. Out of the first three instead Mikaela Shiffrin, fourth: for now her career podiums remain 99. For Vlhova the fourth victory of the season and a decided extension in the general ranking: she has 615 points, follows Gisin at 487, while Shiffrin is third at 385.
In Semmering Mikaela Shiffrin got her 99th career podium
The American took third place, behind Katharina Liensberger and winner Michelle Gisin. Shiffrin, in the post-race interview, said: "I had forgotten how it feels to be at the gate having to start last, but even if I didn't win the race, it's good for me to be in this position, considering also that in the second.
heats I could have finished out. I was really pushing and I didn't manage it well, I made mistakes and at that point third place was the best I could have achieved." The 99th podium in the World Cup makes Eagle's champion smile, who embraced Gisin herself immediately after the finish line: for Mikaela this is the 43rd top-3 in the last 46 slaloms disputed.
Petra Vlhova, fourth and for the first not winning in a year now, she who had conquered the last five slaloms. Katharina Liensberger said: "The win didn't come, but it's like it was. I'm so happy with my second heat, I think I skied with my heart and it was fantastic.
I went to the limit, but I can only congratulate Michelle and I'm super happy with the performance and the result." After Courchevel, the American skier Mikaela Shiffrin sets out to face the two appointments at the turn of the new year, in Semmering and Zagreb.
After staying on the French snows to continue training especially in giant, a specialty that had seen her a little late in preparation, in these days she has approached the next appointments with a giant and a slalom. Shiffrin, after the success and a fourth place in Courchevel, is fully back in the running for the crystal ball even if at the moment she has decided not to run the fast races, but we will see what she will decide on in January before the World Championships.
In the giant one after three races the American chases our two blue Federica Brignone at the command with 205 points and Marta Bassino second at 200. In the slalom one after two races she is second at 125, preceded by Petra Vlhova at 200.
In the general classification Michaela is currently in 6th place with 275 points just under half of Petra Vlhova who leads with 465 points followed. A training focused on giants, but also on slalom, since after Semmering there will also be that of January 3 in Zagreb which Mikaela is very keen on.
Preparation carried out on the snows of Reiteralm in Styria, the same location where another great champion like Marcel Hirscher trained most of the times, as he wanted to point out with the photo of this news posted on social networks.