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Petra Vlhova Is The New Zagreb "Snow Queen" After Slalom Win

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Once again Slovak superstar and Slalom specialist Petra Vlhova did something that no other woman can seem to do. She was able to take a first-place in Slalom World Cup ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin.

This past Saturday, January 4, Vlhova rang in the New Year on the slopes of Zagreb, Croatia at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Snow Queen Trophy 2020. A happy new year might be the right thing to say as Vlhova was able to not only take the win and be crowned the new Snow Queen of Zagreb, but she was able to do it by 1.31 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

In the second-place spot was the phenom Mikaela Shiffrin. After a mistake at the top of the course, Shiffrin was sitting about a second behind Vlhova. Though having a strong second run, it wasn't enough to close the gap behind her only rival in this discipline. Although this was a second-place finish, Mikaela Shiffrin is still the leader in Overall and Slalom points. Those leads are fairly comfortable with about 300 points difference in the Overall and over 100 points difference in the Slalom between first and second. Petra Vlhova just happens to be that second-place holder currently in both.

This race was the 24th Slalom event in a row in which Shiffrin or Vlhova have stood victorious in the end. No other woman on the circuit can match these two when it comes to Slalom, and Vlhova is the only woman to have beaten Shiffrin in the discipline in years.

Rounding the podium was Austrian skier Katharina Liensberger, who made her third World Cup podium appearance, and the second in Slalom. She came in third-place 3.49 seconds off the leader.


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