Shiffrin out-duels Vlhova to win Killington slalom

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Mikaela Shiffrin continued her dominance of the World Cup Killington slalom on Tuesday with a record-setting victory over reigning overall champion Petra Vlhova.

US star Shiffrin, starting two-tenths of a second behind her Slovakian rival after the first leg, turned in a storming second run of 48.26 seconds.

Vlhova still had Shiffrin in her sights before a costly error saw her post the 14th-fastest time of the second run, still good enough for second place, 75-hundredths of a second behind the American.

Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, who missed the start of the season recovering from broken bones in both hands suffered in fitness training, was third.

“My mentality was super-aggressive, that was how I really need to be for both runs,” Shiffrin said. “The second run, it wasn’t a perfect run, but most of it was quite strong and super-aggressive.

“I knew Petra would do the same. We both had a mistake but I think hers was a bit bigger.”
With a 46th career slalom win, Shiffrin matched Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark’s single-discipline record set in giant slalom.

“I actually didn’t know the record,” she said. “I won’t say it’s not meaningful, it certainly is. But I’m trying not to focus on those numbers.—AFP

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