Gisin ends Shiffrin-Vlhova slalom stranglehold By Reuters
(Reuters) – Michelle Gisin on Tuesday ended up being the first Swiss female in almost 19 years to win a World Cup Alpine snowboarding slalom when she ended up initially under the floodlights in Semmering, Austria.
The victory in the last ladies’s race of the year also ended a dominant run by American Mikaela Shiffrin and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who in between them had actually won every World Cup slalom since January 2017– a sequence of 28 races.
“It’s crazy. I broke the amazing run of two giants,” stated Gisin.
Shiffrin had led after the very first leg by 0.02 but Gisin, the 2018 Olympic combined gold medallist, went much faster over the second run.
“I was truly pressing on the second run and I didn’t deal with that extremely well. I made some errors, however, I might have been out of the course,” stated Shiffrin, who completes a calendar year without a slalom win for the very first time since 2012.
Austria’s Katharina Liensberger completed second, 0.11 slower, with Shiffrin 3rd for her 43rd podium in the last 46 slaloms.
The last Swiss female to win a World Cup slalom was Marlies Oester in Berchtesgaden in January 2002.