Petra Vlhova Wins last Slalom of the Season, Shiffrin Grabs the Crystal Globe
Petra Vlhova wins last Slalom of the season in Soldeu. The Slalom Olympic Champion has won two Slalom World Cup races this season, in Flachau on 10 January, and today in Andorra. It's her 19th victory and her 41st podium in Slalom.
The 27-year-old finished in third place in the Slalom standings. Vlhová finished in the Top-3 in the Slalom standings in each of the past five seasons, claiming two crystal globes: 2nd-1st-3rd-1st-3rd.
"You know my season was up and down and just, I don’t want to say just, but just one victory this season in slalom, some podiums. The last race I was DNF (did not finish) but I felt good, so I wanted to come here, to show my skiing in the last races and to have a good feeling for the next season", Vlhova said.
Leona Popovic from Croatia finished in second place 0.43 seconds behind Vlhova, her maiden World Cup podium. Until today her best result was a 5th place in Spindleruv Mlyn on January 29.
"First time on the podium feels amazing of course. I had the feeling all the way through the season that I was maybe better than I showed, so I am so happy that I pushed two good runs today and it paid off", Popovic said.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished in third place 0.86 seconds behind Vlhova. Shiffrin had already secured the crystal globe in the Slalom, Giant Slalom, and the Overall coming into Soldeu. It's her 137th podium and 7th Slalom Crystal Globe.
The 28-year-old US ski Ace Shiffrin finished in the podium in ten of the 11 Women's Slalom events in this season's World Cup (6 wins, 3 second places, and one third place today), only missing out on a podium finish in Killington (fifth place).
"It was really fun to race, it is a challenging slope and kind of interesting to finish the season with that because for me it gives a lot of insight into the kind of things we can work on through the summer and into the preparation for next season", Shiffrin said.