Sunday, January 28, 2018

Petra Vlhova Wins Lenzerheide Slalom

The final ladies' slalom race before the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games seemed all but locked up by Mikaela Shiffrin, winner of the first run when she held more than a one-second lead at the final intermediate of the second run. Surprisingly, the American got kicked onto her heels on the last pitch in Lenzerheide, tried her best to recover through the final hairpin, but ultimately missed the fourth to last gate on the course.
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, winner of the opening slalom race of the season in Levi, had been trying to repeat that performance all winter long and was rewarded for her attacking second run with the victory. Vlhova moved up five positions after her first-run finish in sixth to take the win 0.10 seconds ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Crowd favorite Wendy Holdener, winner of the alpine combined race held on Friday, collected her second podium of the weekend in third.

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