Shiffrin sitting in the lead after 1st run at Levi SL
What an amazing setting for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opening Slalom in Levi (FIN)! Light snowfall overnight and cold temperatures turned Lapland into winter wonderland and offered the ladies a grippy course.
The one that tackeld the course the best this morning, is America’s Mikaela Shiffrin. After a podium in Sölden’s GS, she is topping the first run thanks to a solid 56.09 seconds run.
Behind her, last season’s slalom globe winner Frida Hansdotter (SWE) and alpine combined title holder Wendy Holdener (SUI) are tying in second position, +0.72 off the winning pace.
“It was a good, solid first run,” said the Swede, “but I feel I have more speed in this, so I’ll try to ski fast in second run and we’ll see. I like the course, I love the place, it’s great that the season has started.”
With bib 40, Switzerland’s Melanie Meillard was fired up and grabbed a 5th place! The current Youth Olympic champion will have a chance to considerably improve her personal best result, that is a 18th place in the 2016 GS in Sölden. Germany’s Marina Wallner, bib 44, also passed the first leg and will get an opportunity to better her 16th place finish claimed in the Levi World Cup 2013.