Vlhova battles for final slalom victory before Olympic Winter Games

28 January 2018 18:03
Impressions Lenzerheide SL 2018
Impressions Lenzerheide SL 2018 -
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The final ladies' slalom race before the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games seemed all but locked up by Mikaela Shiffrin, winner of the first run, when she held more than a one-second lead at the final intermediate of the second run. Surprisingly, the American got kicked onto her heels on the last pitch in Lenzerheide, tried her best to recover through the final hairpin, but ultimately missed the fourth to last gate on the course. 

Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, winner of the opening slalom race of the season in Levi, had been trying to repeat that performance all winter long and was rewarded for her attacking second run with the victory. Vlhova moved up five positions after her first-run finish in sixth to take the win 0.10 seconds ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Crowd favorite Wendy Holdener, winner of the alpine combined race held on Friday, collected her second podium of the weekend in third. 

With bib 25, Katharina Liensberger of Austria skied to a career-best sixth-place result. Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia made an impressive return to the circuit just fourth months after tearing the ACL in her right knee and undergoing an experimental surgery. The tour veteran skied the third-fastest second run and finished the day in 12th, a promising result as the 33-year-old next heads to her fourth Olympics. 

Full results from today's race are available here.