Vlhova claims fifth slalom of season as Shiffrin slips up

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Petra Vlhova further underlined her claims on next month's slalom Olympic gold medal with her fifth World Cup win out of six this season in Kranjska Gora on Sunday.

The Slovakian overall World Cup champion moved to within 35 points in the big crystal globe standings on leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who failed to complete her second run.

Despite the difficult conditions and snow not to her liking, Vlhova turned the tables on Wendy Holdener, who led her by 0.08sec after the first run, to beat the Swiss skier by 0.23sec and notch up her 17th slalom career win.

In third came Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson at 1.06sec.

Vlhova's 25th career victory gives her a 240-point lead over US star Shiffrin in the slalom standings ahead of the next race on Tuesday at Schladming in Austria.

"I was a little nervous this morning because of the track which I didn't find perfect, not worthy of a World Cup," said Vlhova.

"Despite that there was a good fight, I had two good runs. I often say it's not easy to string victories together.

"In the second round I was perfect. I'm sorry for Wendy (Holdener) who is always second," added the Slovak.

Racing her 100th slalom, Holdener climbed onto her 29th World Cup podium in the discipline without ever having won, a record in world skiing in all disciplines.

Blame it on Vlhova and Shiffrin, who have now won 38 of the last 41 World Cup slaloms.

And yet 72-time World Cup winner Shiffrin this time made a mistake by skiing off in a blistering-fast second run having placed third after the first run.

The American straddled a gate for a very rare off-track for the 2014 Olympic slalom champion with the Beijing Games starting on February 4.

On Tuesday, the next race is a night slalom in Schladming, Austria, an event relocated from Flachau.


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