The Slovak Petra Vlhova strengthened her lead in the Alpine Skiing World Cup by repeating this Sunday the triumph of Saturday in the second slalom of Levi (Finland), that the American Mikaela Shiffrin, triple overall winner of the competition, finished fifth.
Vlhova, 25, covered both runs in a winning time one minute, 49 seconds and five hundredths, 31 less than the Swiss Michelle Gisin, with which he shared the lead after the first round, in which both set exactly the same time. The Austrian Katharina Liensberger, half a second behind Vlhova, he also repeated third place this Sunday that he had achieved on Saturday in Lapland.
The American Shiffrin, great dominator of skiing during the past years – double Olympic champion, fivefold world gold and triple winner of the World Cup, in which she has 66 victories -, returned to the competition, just 300 days after having disputed – and won – his last race, on Saturday: the day in which he finished second, behind the Slovak. This Sunday, the super-champion from Vail (Colorado) had to settle for fifth place – 93 hundredths behind Vlhova-, just behind the Swiss Wendy Holdener, who was fourth, 79 hundredths behind the winner.