Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. continued her winning streak at Courchevel (FRA) on Saturday with her fourth consecutive victory at the venue after also sweeping last year’s races there. The win marked her 50th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup victory in just eight seasons competing on the tour.
Petra Vlhova of Slovakia gave series chase and sat just 0.04 seconds behind Shiffrin heading into the second run. Although Shiffrin lost time on her heading into the bottom flat, the American pulled ahead by the finish line for a 0.29-second advantage. For the third straight slalom of the season, Vlhova finished in second place behind Shiffrin. The two remain the only skiers to have won World Cup slalom races in the past two seasons.
Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden rounded out the podium in third place after moving up from fifth place after the first run.
The ladies’ tour heads into a short Christmas break for the next few days, returning for technical races in Semmering (AUT) on 28th-29th December.
Shiffrin battles snow and stiff competition for Courchevel GS win
Mikaela Shiffrin battled through a raging snowstorm on the second run and overcame a 0.08-second deficit to win her 49th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup race on Friday in Courchevel (FRA). It was also her third consecutive victory at the French resort with the slalom race yet to come on Saturday. She credited a short rest period as one of the keys to her success, as she made the strategic decision to skip the speed races rescheduled in Val Gardena Gröden (ITA) earlier in the week.
Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany led after the first run and gave Shiffrin tight competition, finishing in second place just 0.14 seconds back for her second podium finish of the season. Tessa Worley, meanwhile, delighted the French fans simply by starting in the race after suffering a meniscus tear in her knee during a crash in the Lake Louise super-G. After being cleared by her doctor to return to skiing this week, she made the decision to start her home race and was rewarded with third place for her impressive efforts.
Shiffrin holds a commanding lead in the Overall standings and sits second in the giant slalom standings, 20 points shy of Federica Brignone who finished Friday’s race in fourth.