Petra Vlhova Takes Gold Today In Giant Slalom, American Favorite Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Bronze

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Petra Vlhova, who is hailed as the only woman that can stand in the way of Mikaela Shiffrin taking the top spot in any race, has done just that. Today Vlhova took the gold medal position for Ladie's Giant Slalom in Åre.

Vlhova was sitting in the fourth position when she entered the starting fate for what would be her podium run. She was looking good at the top of the course but hooked a gate that threw her off balance, but just a little bit. That did not slow her pace down the course, however. She was able to push through, having lost almost no time on her run.

With superstar Lindsey Vonn retiring this past week, Mikaela Shiffrin has had a lot of extra pressure put on her by the sports media and possibly by some of her fans. She is already being hailed as the new face of American skiing. Even with that extra pressure, Shiffrin made her run look almost effortless, as the talented young woman usually does. At the end of what would be her podium run, she was able to take the first position.

In the end, Vlhova and German athlete Viktoria Rebensburg were able to pull ahead of Shiffrin, with Rebensburg taking the silver position. Congratulations to all three of the stellar athletes on their podium finishes, with a special thank you to Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova for the added excitement. It's something else watching these two battle for wins.


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