Alpine Skiing

Vlhova frustrated as hurricane derails Semmering giant slalom

Petra Vlhova led before violent gusts wrecked barriers and electronic timing equipment forcing cancellation of second run and entire race.

By Rory Jiwani ·

The elements came out on top at the Semmering Alpine Ski World Cup giant slalom on Monday (28 December).

After Petra Vlhova topped the timesheets in the first run, hurricane-force winds wrecked barriers and electronic timing equipment at the bottom of the course with inflatables sent into orbit.

At 13:25 local time, the second run - and the race as a whole - was cancelled rendering the Slovak skier's efforts null and void.

Tuesday's slalom is Mikaela Shiffrin's last chance to win a World Cup slalom in 2020 having claimed a victory in each calendar year since her first triumph in 2012.

Heavy snow saw the men's Super G in Bormio postponed until Tuesday with the downhill now taking place on Wednesday.

Overall World Cup leader Vlhova was the class of the field on the first run, skiing the bottom section superbly to clock 1:02.15, 0.22s faster than Italy's Marta Bassino.

PyeongChang 2018 combined gold medallist Michelle Gisin (+0.35s) was third with double Olympic champion Shiffrin 0.59s off the pace in fourth.

Giant slalom series leader and reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone was 1.71 seconds adrift in eighth.

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