Vlhova wins slalom as Shiffrin suffers rare blunder

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Vlhova wins slalom as Shiffrin suffers rare blunder

Petra Vlhova won the slalom at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia on Sunday, with two great runs on a tough course. Mikaela Shiffrin, who was leading the World Cup overall, had a bad weekend, sliding out on her first run.

In the first tightly timed run, Vlhova set a time of 51.30 seconds. In the second run, he beat that time by 56.32 seconds. The second run saw the Slovakian finish 0.72 seconds behind Lena Duerr, who had lost half a second to her.

After the first run, Leona Popovic was in third place. However, she made a mistake halfway through the second run, which put her out of the running and gave American AJ Hurt her first World Cup victory.

The 23-year-old Californian, who competed in her first World Cup in 2018 when she was only 17, was 16th fastest on the first run, more than two seconds behind Vlhova. However, she had the fastest run on the second try and finished 0.87 seconds behind Vlhova. Shiffrin, her partner, had a bad weekend, though.

The five-time World Cup overall winner straddled a gate in the second sector and failed to finish, ruling her out of the second run. She had just placed ninth in Saturday’s giant slalom, which was her worst performance in that event since November 2022.

It’s the first time Shiffrin has gone out in her best event since the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022. Of her 93 World Cup wins, 56 have come in this discipline.

Vlhova is now only five points behind Shiffrin in the specialty standings, but she is still 207 points behind the American in the overall standings, even though she has moved ahead of Federica Brignone to take second place.

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