Junior Worlds: Slalom gold for Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova
JASNA, SLOVAKIA – Local hero Petra Vlhova clinched gold in the slalom race at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships on 28th February 2014.
Sweden’s Charlotta Saefvenberg and Germany’s Marina Wallner took silver and bronze, crossing the finish line +0.17 and +0.59 seconds behind respectively.
The Championships could not have started out better for the Slovakian host nation. Vlhova’s friends and family, spectators, the Organisers and volunteers alike all celebrated her home victory on the slopes and in the finish area. Born and residing in Liptovsky Mikulas, the town at the bottom of the Jasna slopes and racing for the local ski club, Vlhova was swarmed by the press after her race.
“What a feeling!”, the 18-year-old said. “Becoming Junior World Champion is already very special but taking the honor in my home country and my home town makes it even more precious.”
Sitting in third position after the first run, Vlhova was facing tough competition from Swedish racers Magdalena Fjaellstroem and Saefvenberg who had clocked the two fastest times.
But in the second run, Vlhova had the better end for herself as Saefvenberg failed to beat her time and defending Junior World Champion Fjaellstroem did not finish her run.
In addition to her gold medal from the first edition of the 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck (AUT) Vlhova already claimed two Europa Cup victories and two second places in her young career.
The silver and bronze medallists too are no unknown names to the circuit. Both Saefvenberg and Wallner each have taken one Europa Cup victory and several top ten finishes.
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