Their mutual rivalry wrote another chapter. Despite pre-season speculation that Petra Vlhová and Mikaela Shiffrinová’s dominance could be partially upset by season-ending star Katharina Liensberger, they ultimately didn’t. After three slalom, we can say that again about only two skaters.
Petra Vlova won the opening two slalom slalom races in Levi, Finland, in both cases with Shivrin behind. At first she was 31 percent behind a second, then ranked 47th. In the third slalom of the year, they exchanged positions. At his home in Killington, USA, Shiffrin won by 75 seconds over Velhova.
The American remained undefeated on the home slope, winning the slalom in Killington five times, and Vlhová was second four times. “I feel good since this morning. Of course, I wanted to win, but maybe it will work out next year,” Liptacek said after the race.
Remarkably, they both rode through three races in the slalom, making mistakes smaller or larger and yet no other skater could get past them.
Lena Doerr, Germany, came third in Levi. In the first slalom, she lost 84 hundredths of a second to Vhova and 53 to Shivrinova, and in the second Slovakia lost 78 to the 31st Slovak and American leader.
The closest was between second and third in Killington, with Wendy Holdener third just 8 milliseconds behind Vlhová, but the Tatras skater made a huge mistake, losing 83 to the winner on home soil.
“I don’t know exactly what happened. I lost my balance on my ski and almost jumped off the track, but I managed to stop it. Then I put everything in it, went to the limit and it’s second place, which I am happy with, it could have been much worse , ” Falhova said about the error.
The aforementioned Katarina Linsberger does not follow up on the last successful season, in which she did not finish fourth in the slalom. She placed sixth and eighth in this year’s Liv, and placed fourth in the last event.
“It’s not just about me and Mikel, there are other girls. We still have a lot to do. I am looking forward to more fights, but I am staying calm,” The world’s great supporter spoke humbly.
Unlike last season, where Vlhová went in every event to win a big world, this time she plans to focus solely on slalom and giant slalom. The goal is to add precious metals from the upcoming Olympics to the collection.
“The main goal is the Olympics. We will not focus on the big world. Of course, when we are in the game after the Olympics, we will fight. But now we only focus on the slalom and the ‘giant’.”
That’s why he’s missing the upcoming event with the whole team in Lake Louise, Canada, where there will be two downhill tracks and a Super G. “No, we’re not going there.” revealed after the massacre at Killington.
It is not yet known if he will miss the other speed events already taking place in Europe. “We will definitely solve it quickly, now I can’t decide which competitions to go into. We certainly won’t go all the races like last winter, but I don’t mean we won’t go sprints. At the moment, I don’t know which competitions to skip, we will also decide according to the possibilities. logistics”, She said in a pre-season press conference.
The next three weekends will belong to the speed disciplines, and if you decide to start only in technical areas, you will have a break of about a month. Next on the program are the giant slalom on December 21 and the slalom on December 29.
Next World Cup program:
Lake Louise (Canada)
December 3 – Congress
December 4 – Congress
December 5 – Super G
St. Moritz (Switzerland)
December 11 – Super G
December 12 – Super G
Val d’Isère (France)
December 18 – Congress
December 19 – Super G
December 28 – Giant Slalom
December 29 – Slalom
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