Alpine skiing: Vlhova leaves Shiffrin in Flachau

In slalom, this is Liensberger’s best result, as fifth place in Killington was achieved in giant slalom. The Vorarlberg woman, who had gained two places from the first race, missed the podium by 1.77 seconds. After a very good second run, Katharina Truppe made a mistake in the last wave and finished twelfth. Katharina Huber (16th) and Franziska Gritsch (20th) also scored points.

For Vlhova, it was the 27th victory in the World Cup, the 18th in slalom and the third in Flachau. The 27-year-old also took advantage of the course laid out by her coach Mauro Pini in the first set, but then showed her class in the second set and extended her lead over Shiffrin from 17 to 43 hundredths of a second. En route to her first place on the podium, Croatian teenager Zrinka Ljutic (18) strode on, Germany’s Dürr grabbed the spot with the fastest race time.

Shiffrin has to settle for second place

The American superstar is second this time.

After the show at the Hermann Maier track, the Women’s World Cup remains in Austria, with sprint racing continuing in St. Anton at the weekend. Saturday (11:00 a.m.) a downhill is on the program, Sunday (11:30 a.m., both live on ORF1) a Super-G.

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A happy trio in Flachau: Shiffrin and Dürr accompanied the winner Vlhova

In front of 13,200 fans, Vlhova was relieved with her first victory of the season and had tears in her eyes at the awards ceremony. “I feel fantastic and I’m very happy. I was missing something this season, I always made mistakes and I was close. We continued to work on it,” said the Slovak, who could expect a prize of 66,000 euros, in an interview with ORF.

“Beating Mikaela is huge”

“It’s something special that I can do it in front of this audience with a lot of Slovak fans. Beating Mikaela this season is special, she doesn’t make mistakes. If you beat them, it’s big. I have got it in two runs and I deserved to win,” said Vlhova, who now has eight podium finishes this year.

Shiffrin could live with second place, especially since she was in poor health. “I’m not feeling too well, but that’s no surprise after such an intense series of races. Petra rode well, she deserves the win. I’m second, I’m not feeling well, but it was a great show,” said Shiffrin, who missed out on his fifth victory at the 30th anniversary World Cup in Flachau. “It was tough today to perform at the highest level. It’s good to know that I can be second even if I’m not in good shape. Now I’m going to take a little break and I’m looking forward to Cortina.”

Dürr, who had already finished third at Semmering, was looking forward to a “wonderful” evening. “It’s unbelievably cool. I don’t know what to say. I’m just happy. I’m proud of the whole team. It’s a brilliant achievement from all of us. Three in the top ten. In terms of audience, it’s probably the best race for us. It’s really fun, brutal atmosphere,” said the 31-year-old.

Liensberger satisfied, troops unlucky

After difficult weeks for the technical ladies of the ÖSV, Liensberger was particularly satisfied with sixth place. “It’s going in the right direction. I hope there will be some stability that I can build on. Of course, I would prefer to be at the awards ceremony, but now we have to take small steps,” said Linksberger. “Now we all have to work on ourselves. It was not so easy to ignore the critics. We know it’s not easy, but we have to keep looking and we have taken all the steps to move forward again. And I’ll be happy if we succeed.”

Liensberger takes sixth place

The Vorarlberg native achieved her second-best World Cup result this season.

Troupe was almost 0.8 seconds ahead in the second heat, but a mistake on the last wave cost a lot of time. “I prefer to be fast and make a big mistake or be eliminated before experiencing something like Kranjska Gora again (not qualified for the second round, editor’s note). I’ve been skiing well for a long time.” Huber briefly shifted in the midsection and lost time, but she felt “the skis are working again, it definitely gives me courage for the tasks. I take the positive things with me.

Two-week break for technicians

The other ÖSV riders did not reach the second lap in front of their public. Marie-Thérèse Sporer had to settle for 36th place, Lisa Hörhager, Valentina Pfurtscheller and Sophia Waldauf did not finish. The technicians have two weeks before the giant slalom on January 24 on the Kronplatz to tighten the screw before the world championships in Courchevel / Méribel (from February 6 to 19).

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