Mikaela Shiffrin, after placing third in the world championships slalom last month, vowed to find the two seconds that separated her from the gold medalist.
Shiffrin returned to the World Cup circuit for a slalom on Saturday and earned her 69th victory, overcoming a deficit of .27 to rival Petra Vlhova after the opening run.
The American had the fastest second run to prevail by .34 over the Slovakian in Jasna, Slovakia. Full results are here. The women race a giant slalom on Sunday, with the second run live on Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium at 6:30 a.m. ET.
Shiffrin earned her second consecutive World Cup slalom victory — the last was Jan. 12, her first slalom win since her father’s death on Feb. 2, 2020 — and moved closer to Lindsey Vonn‘s female record 82 World Cup race wins.
Swiss Wendy Holdener was third, her 26th World Cup slalom podium without a victory in the discipline.
Austrian Katharina Liensberger, who won the world title last month by one second over Vlhova, was fourth.
Shiffrin moved 45 points behind Vlhova in the World Cup season slalom standings through five of eight scheduled events. A race winner gets 100 points.
Second place gets 80 points. The title fight could come down to the World Cup Finals in two weeks.
Vlhova, who in 2020 overtook Shiffrin as the world’s top slalom skier in earning five consecutive wins in the discipline, gained on Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami in the race for the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.
Gut-Behrami’s lead is 107 points with seven races left.—AFP