Petra Vlhova (SVK) returns to where she left us with the last Slalom race of last season in Kranjska Gora, on the first step of the podium for the fourth consecutive time.
The season has officially started, and the rivalry between the two Slalom queens goes hand in hand. Only 18 hundredths of a second divided the Slovakian ski star from the American, Mikaela Shiffrin who made her return to the races after 300 days.
Petra Vlhova commanded both runs with confidence, the second more than the first one seen the Slovakian coach set the second hit course.
Both champions look pleased, Vlhova for getting a win under her belt early, and Shiffrin for looking so strong after so long without racing.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), as we all know, missed the end of the season after the sudden death of her father Jeff and then the coronavirus pandemic. She missed the traditional season opener at Solden due to a slight back injury, and she then started her season under the Northern Lights with a second-place that is worth a win.
Elsewhere, Katharina Liensberger (AUT) took the final spot on the podium, one of four Austrians in the top ten and together with the excellent team performance Magdalena Egger, who started 61st and ended up a hugely impressive 19th.
They will be back in action on Sunday for the second slalom race of the weekend.