Vlhova Gains Another Slalom Win, But Shiffrin Wasn't In Second

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Though not a total shock to see Slovak Slalom superstar Petra Vlhova take a first place over American phenom and Slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin, this race ended a little different. Yes, Vlhova was in first, but for the first time in the last 25 World Cup Slalom races for the women, Shiffrin was not standing next to her.

Right from the first run, Vlhova was set to dominate her competition. She was six-tenths of a second ahead of Shiffrin and was able to maintain that lead, taking first place with a combined time of 1:53.65, just 0.1 ahead of the second-place finisher, which wasn't Shiffrin.

For the first time in a very long time, Vlhova and Shiffrin did not take a one/two at the end of a Slalom race. This time second place, which was very close, was taken by Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden. With just one-tenth of a second off the leader, she could have been the first woman in 25 consecutive World Cup Slalom races to beat either Vlhova or Shiffrin or both in this case.

In third-place, Mikaela Shiffrin finished almost a full half a second off the leader. Though not in the first or second spots, Shiffrin's third-place finish does continue to secure her top spots in points. She maintains a sizable lead of 273 points in the overall standings and 80 points in the Slalom. In second place for both the overall and the Slalom is Petra Vlhova. It would seem that the biggest rivalry in Alpine skiing competition could see the Slalom sisters finish one and two at the end of the season after all.

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