Killington's Slalom Preview
Last season Mikaela Shiffrin won her 5th Slalom in Killington remaining the undisputed slalom queen of Killington. The US local hero has won every Slalom event held in the Killington Superstar racecourse (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021). Born in Vail, Colorado, Shiffrin considers also Killington as her hometown as she is a former student of the nearby Burke Mountain Academy.
Petra Vlhova built a slim lead (+0.20) over Mikaela Shiffrin in the first run but finished in second place (+0.75) after making a huge mistake in the upper section of the course in the second run.
Wendy Holdener rounded out the podium finishing in third position (+ 0.83).
Mikaela Shiffrin won the first two Slalom events of this World Cup season in Levi last week. In 2020 she won the first three Slalom World Cups. In 2017 Shiffrin won the first 4, and in 2019 the first 5.
In 2022, in Schladming, Mikaela Shiffrin won her 47th World Cup slalom event, breaking the record for most World Cup victories in a single discipline set by Ingemar Stenmark (Giant Slalom, 46) in 1989.
The 27-year-old ski star has achieved 68 podiums in Slalom, the most women's World Cup podiums in a single discipline.
Shiffrin has won 76 World Cup events, ranking her in third place all-time behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82).
Only Ingemar Stenmark (155), Marcel Hirscher (138), and Lindsey Vonn (137), have claimed more podiums in the World Cup than Mikaela Shiffrin (122).
After last week's double win in Levi, Shiffrin has only won more slalom World Cups in Levi (6) than in Killington (5). The other female skiers to have won at least six World Cup wins in a specific event at a single resort are: Lindsey Vonn (14 Downhill in Lake Louise, 6 Downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo, and 6 Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo), and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (7 Downhill in Pfronten).
Petra Vlhova won last season's Slalom crystal globe. The Slovak also picked up Olympic gold in the Slalom at the Beijing Winter Games. It's the second time she picked up the Slalom title after winning it in the 2019-2020 season.
Vlhova finished on the podium, two third places, in the first two Slalom events of this World Cup season in Levi last week.
In 2022 Vlhová has equaled Anja Pärson (both 17) in sixth place on the women's list for most World Cup Slalom victories. Janica Kostelic (20) is in fifth place.
She finished second behind Shiffrin in each of the last four Slalom World Cups in Killington. The only woman to have recorded five second-place finishes in a discipline at the same venue is Renate Götschl (5) in the Downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Last season Katharina Liensberger won the last slalom event held before the Finals. It was her third World Cup win in this discipline (all in March), after back-to-back wins in the 2020-2021 season in Åre and the 2021 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide. Until Åre, last World Cup season, the 24-year-old skier from Vorarlberg had claimed two podium finishes in the Slalom: second in Lienz on 29 December and third in Zagreb on 4 January.
The four Austrian women to have claimed more than three World Cup slalom victories are Marlies Schild (35), Roswitha Steiner (8), Gertrud Gabl (5), and Nicole Hosp (5).
Liensberger finished in 11th and 8th position in the two Slalom races held in Levi last weekend. Last season she finished in 4th place in the Slalom, her best result in Killington.
Wendy Holdener has collected 30 World Cup slalom podium finishes but has yet to claim her first victory. This is currently the record for most World Cup podiums in a single discipline without winning.
Only Frida Hansdotter (17) have finished in second place more times in a World Cup slalom than Holdener (15). Holdener's 15 third places in Slalom are already a record for a woman.
Wendy Holdener finished two times in third place in the Killington slalom (2016, and 2021).
The last Swiss winner of a women's slalom World Cup was Michelle Gisin in Semmering on 29 December 2020.
Lena Dürr is hoping to become the first German woman to record a World Cup slalom victory since Maria Höfl-Riesch in Levi on 10 November 2012. Dürr can become the oldest German woman to win a World Cup event (including East/West Germany). Viktoria Rebensburg holds the current record as she won the Garmisch-Partenkirchen downhill on 8 February 2020 at age 30y-127d.
Dürr finished 4th in the two Slalom races held in Levi last weekend. In 2021 she finished in 5th place in the Slalom, her best result in Killington.
Anna Swenn-Larsson claimed six World Cup slalom podiums but has yet to win one. Sweden's most recent slalom victory in the World Cup was achieved by Frida Hansdotter in Flachau on 10 January 2017.
Larsson finished in second place in the first of the two Slalom races held in Levi last weekend. Her best result in Killington was a third place back in 2019.