cloudy.png
Wednesday November 25th, 2020 8:46AM

Vlhova wins 2nd slalom in 2 days, Shriffin finishes 5th

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Petra Vlhova held off a challenge from Michelle Gisin Sunday to clinch her second World Cup slalom win in two days, while Mikaela Shiffrin placed fifth.

Vlhova and Gisin shared the lead after the opening run, but the World Cup discipline champion from Slovakia beat her Swiss opponent by 0.31 seconds in the final leg.

Katharina Liensberger of Austria was half a second behind in third.

In her second race after a 10-month break, and a day after coming runner-up to Vlhova, Shiffrin missed the podium in a slalom race for the first time in nearly three years.

On a course set by her coach Mike Day, Shiffrin struggled in the opening meters of her first run and trailed by nearly four tenths at the first split.

However, the American three-time overall champion matched the leaders’ pace for the remainder of her run and finished 0.37 seconds behind Vlhova and Gisin.

Shiffrin lost more than half a second on Vlhova in her final run and trailed by 0.93 at the end.

Shiffrin had been in the top three of every slalom she competed in since failing to finish an event in Switzerland in January 2018.

The U.S. ski team said Shiffrin was “feeling a bit lethargic” and “still trying to figure out how to manage her energy levels,” a day after her comeback to racing after 300 days away.

Coming into the weekend, the American had not raced since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, in early February. The coronavirus outbreak and a back injury prevented her from an earlier return to the circuit.

While Shiffrin hasn’t won a slalom since triumphing in Lienz in December, Vlhova stepped in to keep their streak going — all 28 World Cup slaloms since January 2017 have been won by either Shiffrin, with 19 wins, or Vlhova, who has won all the races in the discipline in 2020.

Gisin, who is the Olympic champion in the combined event, has yet to win a World Cup race, but placing second Sunday was her best career result in slalom.

Gisin’s Swiss teammate, Wendy Holdener, was 0.79 behind in fourth.

Federica Brignone, the overall World Cup champion from Italy, was more than three seconds off the lead and finished 24th.

A limited number of spectators were allowed at the race.

The women’s World Cup continues with a parallel event in Austria on Thursday.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: France culls minks after finding virus at farm
French authorities have ordered the culling of all minks in a farm after analysis showed a mutated version of the coronavirus was circulating among the animals
8:55AM ( 13 minutes ago )
Vlhova wins 2nd slalom in 2 days, Shriffin finishes 5th
Petra Vlhova has beaten Michelle Gisin Sunday to clinch her second World Cup slalom win in two days
8:48AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Grounded Baltic Sea ferry pulled off seabed, resumes trip
A passenger ferry that ran aground in heavy winds in a Baltic Sea archipelago between Finland and Sweden was dragged off the shore and towed early Sunday to a port, where some of its over 300 passengers disembarked
8:36AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Vlhova, Gisin share 1st-run lead in slalom, Shiffrin 4th
Petra Vlhova and Michelle Gisin share the lead after the opening run of a women’s World Cup slalom
5:58AM ( 3 hours ago )
Figueiredo, Shevchenko defend flyweight belts at UFC 255
Deiveson Figueiredo stopped Alex Perez with a guillotine choke in the first round at UFC 255, defending his men’s flyweight championship for the first time
2:53AM ( 6 hours ago )
Slovis, dominant defense power No. 20 USC past Utah 33-17
Kedon Slovis threw for two touchdowns and No. 20 Southern California rode a strong defensive performance to overpower Utah 33-17 on Saturday night
2:20AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: France culls minks after finding virus at farm
French authorities have ordered the culling of all minks in a farm after analysis showed a mutated version of the coronavirus was circulating among the animals
8:55AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Grounded Baltic Sea ferry pulled off seabed, resumes trip
A passenger ferry that ran aground in heavy winds in a Baltic Sea archipelago between Finland and Sweden was dragged off the shore and towed early Sunday to a port, where some of its over 300 passengers disembarked
8:36AM ( 33 minutes ago )
Azerbaijanis who fled war look to return home, if it exists
As Azerbaijan regains control of land it lost to Armenian forces a quarter-century ago, civilians who fled the fighting decades ago are wondering if they can go back home now
8:32AM ( 37 minutes ago )
Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed plenty of lawsuits in six states as he tries to upend an election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden
8:32AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending his tour of Arab Gulf states and the Trump administration’s continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January
8:26AM ( 44 minutes ago )