Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin returned to her winning ways on Saturday as she claimed her first-ever win at Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE), site of her World Cup debut eight years ago. She skied two impeccable runs to take a 0.85-second lead over her closest competition, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. For Holdener, the result marked her fourth slalom podium of the 2018/19 season but first time in second place. She held off Petra Vlhova of Slovakia who won Friday’s giant slalom and was a clear crowd favorite.
Snowfall in the first run that changed to rain for later competitors made for a challenging morning. But the track held up and the precipitation stayed at bay for the second run. Shiffrin and Holdener held their positions from the first run but Vlhova was able to move onto the podium and capitalize on an opportunity when Frida Hansdotter of Sweden made a costly error that dropped her back to seventh.
The final regular season race for the ladies wrapped up and now the top 25 athletes in the World Cup standings for each discipline have the opportunity to compete at World Cup Finals in Soldeu (AND) which start with downhill training on Monday, 11th March.