World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin has won the first slalom in the World Cup season and now has more victories in this discipline than anyone before her. The success in Levi, Finland on Saturday was the 41st in the Slalom for the 24-year-old from the USA, who had previously shared the record with World Cup record winner Ingemar Stenmark from Sweden. On Wendy Holdener from Switzerland Shiffrin scored 1.78 seconds ahead, Katharina troupe from Austria was third.
The Slovak Petra Vlhová, who had led after the first round, dropped out in the final. Of course, I was very lucky, I do not know what would have happened if she had come to the finish, "commented Shiffrin on the ORF. "It's a great start to the season, the speed is there, everything fits." After the resignations of the industry greats Felix Neureuther, Marcel Hirscher and Lindsey Vonn, Shiffrin is even more in focus.
The German Ski Association (DSV) recorded a solid team result in Shifflins record victory and brought four riders in the points. Lena Dürr came in tenth and was as good at slalom as she was barely a year ago. "I'm still not completely satisfied, air is still up, but the start has been made," said Dürr on ZDF.
Christina Ackermann finished 16th, Marlene Schmotz 22nd and Marina Wallner came 27th. "I am glad that I was able to take a few points with me, the runs were really not good for me," said Ackermann. In 2019, she had always come in at least in the top ten in every slalom except for the World Cup final in March.