PyeongChang 2018 women's slalom preview
PYEONGCHANG – Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) is poised to become the first alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title. The women's slalom will be held on Wednesday 14 February at Yongpyong Alpine Centre. Check the local listings in your home nation for broadcast date and time.
- Defending champion SHIFFRIN can become the first alpine skier, male or female, to win successive Olympic gold medals in the slalom.
- Vreni SCHNEIDER (SUI) is the only alpine skier, male or female, with more than one Olympic gold medal in this event after winning in 1988 and 1994.
- SHIFFRIN could become the first U.S. skier to win multiple gold medals in a single alpine skiing event.
- SHIFFRIN has won four successive slalom titles at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships combined (2013-2017). No other skier (man or woman) has achieved this at more than three in a row.
- SHIFFRIN can become the first skier (man or woman) to win five slalom events at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships combined. She now shares the record of four with Christel CRANZ (GER).
- Austrian women have claimed a record nine medals in this event at the Winter Games, including five of the last nine (2006-2014). Petra KRONBERGER is the only Austrian to win this event, in 1992.
- Frida HANSDOTTER (SWE) finished on the podium in this event at the last three World Championships, coming third in 2013 and 2017 and second in 2015. She can become the second Swedish woman to claim an Olympic medal in this event after Anja PAERSON's bronze medal in 2002 and gold medal in 2006.
- Petra Vlhova (SVK) and Veronika VELEZ ZUZULOVA (SVK) are hoping to claim Slovakia's first Olympic medals in alpine skiing. The NOC has claimed Olympic medals in two winter sports: biathlon and snowboard.
- Wendy Holdener (SUI) became the first Swiss woman in 20 years to finish on the podium in slalom at the World Championships with second place in 2017. The last Swiss to claim an Olympic medal in women's slalom was SCHNEIDER with her win in 1994.
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