Alpine Skiing

Petra Vlhova wins thrilling Zagreb World Cup as Mikaela Shiffrin misses podium

The 2019 giant slalom world champion increases her lead in the overall standings after an exciting run under lights.

By Olympic Channel ·

Slovakian snow queen Petra Vlhova sealed her 11th slalom World Cup title in Zagreb on Sunday.

Despite making a couple of early errors in a high-octane run, last season's crystal globe winner simply had too much speed for her alpine skiing rivals, and received the crown for finishing top in 1:59:08.

Vlhova's victory in the Croatian capital for a second-year running signified a return to top form for the 25-year-old, who finished outside of the medals in her last World Cup outing in December's Semmering event.

"I'm happy to be back here (winning)," she said after. "It wasn't so easy after Semmering as I had really bad feelings. It was hard to come back and win and you could see that today was a really tough day of competition."

Katharina Liensberger of Austria finished second to take her fourth podium in four slalom events this season, while Switzerland's Michelle Gisin came third.

Double Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin's fourth-place meant she missed out on her 100th career World Cup podium by five hundredths of a second. The US athlete's last slalom victory came in December 2019.

Overall lead increases.

Vlhova has now finished on the podium in 16 of the last 19 World Cup slalom events.

Her victory in Zagreb means she increases her lead in the overall season rankings to 615 points, with Gisin second (487) and Shiffrin third (385).

The Women's World Cup will return next weekend with downhill (Saturday) and super G (Sunday) competitions in St. Anton.