Petra Vlhova held on to her opening-run result in beat Mikaela Shiffrin on Saturday in a ladies’s World Cup slalom that was the American’s first race in practically 10 months.
On a course set by her coach Livio Magoni, Vlhova additionally posted the quickest time within the second run and prolonged her benefit over Shiffrin to 0.18 seconds in Levi, Finland.
Austria’s Katharina Liensberger was 0.57 behind in third, whereas the remainder of the sector, led by Swiss racer Wendy Holdener, was not less than 1.35 off the lead.
Shiffrin hadn’t competed since January, as her earlier season ended prematurely after the loss of life of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, adopted by the cancellation of the season-ending races amid the coronavirus outbreak. Then, she sat out the primary race of the brand new season in Austria in October with a again harm.
“It’s kind of crazy to be back after a very long time and everything,” Shiffrin stated after her opening run. “It’s pretty amazing and I am just really happy to be here.”
Wearing bib No. 1, Shiffrin had opened the race in Finnish Lapland with an error-free run.
‘Nothing’s modified however every little thing’s modified’
Vlhova trailed Shiffrin by 0.13 on the first cut up however was forward of the American in any respect following verify factors earlier than ending 0.15 forward.
In the ultimate run, Vlhova initially prolonged her result in 0.52 however misplaced over three tenths as she did not match Shiffrin’s tempo within the flat end part.
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In a streak that began in January 2017, the final 27 World Cup slaloms have all been gained by both Shiffrin, with 19 wins, or Vlhova.
Vlhova gained the season-long slalom title final 12 months, edging Shiffrin by 20 factors, after the American had gained it six occasions within the earlier seven seasons.
The pair continued their dominance in Saturday’s race.
“Nothing’s changed, but also everything’s changed,” Shiffrin stated. “But it’s really fun to be here, to see everybody skiing. It’s fun to watch and for me it was fun to do.”
Limited variety of followers allowed at race
Federica Brignone, who ended Shiffrin’s three-year reign as total champion final season, was 1.61 behind after the opening run however failed to complete her second and did not rating World Cup factors.
Italian teammate Marta Bassino, who gained the season-opener final month, completed greater than three seconds behind in 18th.
Slalom specialist Anna Swenn Larsson missed the race as all the Swedish group quarantined after a COVID-19 take a look at for considered one of its coaches got here again constructive.
A restricted variety of spectators have been allowed on the race.
Another ladies’s slalom is scheduled for Sunday.