Vlhova wins Olympic slalom gold after Shiffrin misfires again
10 February, 2022
YANQING - Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova produced a stunning second leg to win Beijing Olympic slalom gold on Wednesday after Mikaela Shiffrin slid out of medal contention with a botched first run. Vlhova clocked a combined total of 1min 44.98sec over the two runs to edge Austria’s reigning world champion Katharina Liensberger into silver by eight-hundredths of a second, with Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener claiming bronze at 0.12sec. “I gave everything I had and at the end I am Olympic champion,” said Vlhova, whose gold was Slovakia’s first in alpine skiing at a Winter Games. “It’s something huge. “I have been dreaming all my life to win an Olympics or just to have medals. I have a lot of emotions right now inside me. This season I was really strong and today I gave everything.” Shiffrin, as she had done in the giant slalom at these Games, slid out of the first leg of the slalom to blast the field wide open. After seven of the nine slalom races of the current World Cup season, Vlhova tops the standings ahead of Shiffrin. The Slovak has six world championship medals to her name but had drawn a blank at the last two Olympics, with a best finish of fifth, and has often had to settle for second best to Shiffrin on the biggest stages. But on the testing Ice River course at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre north of Beijing, it was Vlhova who held her nerve after finishing eighth fastest in the first run. The 26-year-old laid down the fastest second run and watched on with increasing nervousness as the seven racers ahead of her failed to match her time.
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