Petra Vlhová did not complete the winning hat-trick in Flachau. In the fifth slalom of the Alpine Ski World Cup season, she took 4th place.
She lost 62 hundredths of a second to the victorious Mikael Shiffrin. Katharina Liensberger finished second with a loss of 19 hundredths of a second, Wendy Holdener finished third with a deficit of 0.43 seconds.
“I felt good, but I went too straight on the second and third waves. I had to brake to get back.
The competition is strong, the minimum of mistakes costs me a win or a podium. I took a risk, but it didn’t work out, “Vlhová told RTVS.
In the second round, Vlhová started solidly and developed a lead over the then leader Liensberger, but then made a few mistakes.
“Petra was not completely flawless and Katharina was, little can be said in her,” said Veronika Velez-Zuzulová.
The surprise of the race was Camille Rastová, who with the number 57 got to the sixth place.
The winner from 2019 and 2020 Vlhová won three of this year’s five slaloms and kept her first place in the evaluation of the most spinning discipline and the overall ranking of the World Cup.
Twenty-five-year-old Liptáček took third place in the first round with a loss of 14 hundredths of a second to the winner, the American Mikaela Shiffrinová. Swiss Wendy Holdener finished second with a deficit of eight hundredths of a second.
“Feelings aren’t that bad, but I felt that the aggressive snow was holding me back. I was driving hard and I was braking as I pushed my skis.
I tried not to stay in the arc for long, but I didn’t do very well. I struggled with that a bit, “Vlhová told RTVS.
The Slovak national team went on the track as the second after Holdener. On the rhythmic track of the first lap, she showed a flawless ride without the famous drive.
“Peter lacked aggression. The track is not complicated, you have to take more risks. We didn’t see that at Petra’s. Even though she didn’t make a mistake, she didn’t make it to the first place, “said RTVS expert Veronika Velez-Zuzulová.
Wet coach Livio Magoni admitted before the race in an interview with RTVS that large national teams are making trouble for his men and women.
“I think she’s ready. The others have had more time. Shiffrin, the Austrians, the Norwegians are trying to get us into a difficult situation.
I saw that they trained on the race hill for three days, we couldn’t. We do not have such a strong union behind us. It’s all about my contacts, but Petra is strong, “Magoni admitted.
The next one will be Vlhová will be presented over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday she will have two huge slaloms in the Slovenian Kranjska Gora. The next World Cup slalom is on the program on March 7 in Jasná pod Chopkom.
Facts from the SP slalom in Flachau:
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1: 47.92 min, 2. Katharina Liensberger (AUT) +0.19 s, 3. Wendy Holdener (CHE) +0.43, 4. Petra VLHOVÁ (SR) +0 , 62, 5. Michelle Gisin +1,52, 6. Camille Rastova (both CHE) +2.55, 7. Chiara Mair (AUT) +2.57, 8. Laurence St. Germain (CAN) +2.78, 9. Paula Moltzan (USA) +2.79, 10. Katharina Truppe (AUT) +2.85
Overall ranking of the World Championships (after 14 of 34 competitions): 1. VLHOVÁ 699 points, 2. Gisinová 575, 3. Shiffrinová 485, 4. Liensbergerová 460, 5. Marta Bassinová 423, 6. Sofia Goggiová (both Tal.) 402
Slalom standings (5 of 9): 1. VLHOVÁ 400 points, 2. Liensbergerová 360, 3. Shiffrinová 335, 4. Gisinová 330, 5. Holdenerová 245, 6. Mairová 143
Shiffrin has her 100th podium
Mikaela Shiffrinová became the third place in the historical tables by the Austrian Marcel Hirscher with her 68th victory in the World Championships.
Only the Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86) and her compatriot Lindsey Vonn (82) have more.
She achieved a record 44th triumph in slalom, in this discipline for the first time since December 29, 2019, when she was on the top step in another Austrian resort, Lienz.
The number of podium places in the prestigious series is rounded to the jubilee 100. (TASR)
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