American Mikaela Shiffrin leads in the first run of WCup slalom


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dated: 2022-11-20 11:27:18 .

The Canadian Press – 20.11.2022. / 3:06 | History: 397225

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LEVI, Finland (AP) – Overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States was fastest in the first slalom run Sunday, a day after winning the season-opening slalom race.

In the lower part of the course in Finnish Lapland, Shiffrin timed the rest of the field at 56.86 seconds, edging out Lena Dürr by 0.07 seconds. The German led after the first run on Saturday before finishing fourth.

Shiffrin was aiming for her 49th slalom victory and 76th overall World Cup victory.

Her competitor, last year’s World Cup slalom runner and Olympic champion Petra Vlhová of Slovakia, had to gain 0.1 seconds in the second run after finishing third in Saturday’s race.

Shiffrin and Vlhová have dominated the field in this Finnish resort in recent years.

Since then-overall winner Tina Maze won in 2014, apart from Shiffrin and Vlhova, no skier has won the traditional season-opening slalom.

Both Shiffrin and Vlhová have won here five times.

Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener was 0.21 seconds behind the leader in fourth place, Norway’s Thea Louise Stjernes, and another 14 hundredths of a second in fifth place.

Another American skier, Paula Moltzan, was 12th, 0.95 seconds behind Shiffrin, while her compatriots Ava Sunshine and Katie Hensien also advanced to the second round in 23rd and 29th.

A total of 22 skiers did not finish the first run, including Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden, who finished second on Saturday, and Americans Zoe Zimmermann and Nina O’Brien.

Two slaloms in Levi opened the women’s World Cup season after all four previously scheduled races had to be canceled due to warm weather.



American Mikaela Shiffrin leads in the first run of WCup slalom

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