Vlhova beats Shiffrin to win World Cup slalom
Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova beat Olympic and world champion Mikaela Shiffrin to win the first women's World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday in Levi, Finland.
Trailing Shiffrin by 0.21 after the opening leg, Vlhova used a near-perfect second run to finish in one minute, 49.98 seconds and edge the overall World Cup champion by 0.10.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland came 1.35 back in third with the rest of the field finishing more than two seconds behind. It was Vlhova's third career win. She also beat Shiffrin in March at the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado, after the American had wrapped up her maiden overall title.
Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon finished 10th overall, while teammates Laurence St-Germain and Erin Mielzynski ended up in 17th and 27th, respectively.