Ski World Cup: Mikaela Shiffrin wins Maribor slalom

MARIBOR (KDN) – The US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin won Maribor FIS Alpine Slalom Race by 0.17 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener. Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter landed on third place.

With the Sunday’s victory in slalom, Shiffrin claimed her 27th career World Cup win and second Golden Fox Award.

“When I was a kid, I dreamed about being the best in the world in all the different events, so it’s always a step in the right direction to be performing well in two, at least,” Shiffrin said.

Veronika Velez Zuzulova, starting bib 7, posted green light splits on Shiffrin in the first run but then skied out without finishing.

Holdener put down an impressive second run to hold the lead as Shiffrin took to the course. A broken gate slid between Shiffrin’s legs before passing beneath her skis, and she dropped to 0.09 seconds behind Holdener at one point following the mishap.

“I skied over it a couple times,” Shiffrin said in reference to the broken gate. “It just kept coming. It was OK. I made all the gates, and that’s what matters.”

But she rallied through the final interval to ultimately take the win by 0.19 seconds over Holdener. Hansdotter claimed the final podium spot in third for her first podium appearance of the season, at 0.31 seconds back.

“I’ve been working so hard to get back, and I really love Maribor. It was like a good feeling from the start, so I’m really satisfied.”

“I had a cold,” Holdener shared. “I had to rest two days because I had pain in my throat. …Then with the race and the cold temperature and everything, I had some problems yesterday afternoon. But I’m really happy with my race that I could ski that fast and not 100 percent fit, so everything is OK.”

FIS Ladies Ski World Cup will continue with a night slalom in the Austria’s Flachau ski resort this Tuesday.