Shiffrin outperforms skiing rival Vlhova, securing a second slalom victory following her recent triumph in Austria.

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Mikaela Shiffrin refused to decrease her speed, even after the race concluded.
Despite just defeating her main slalom rival in a women’s World Cup night race on Tuesday, the American ski sensation was still in a rush – to contact her boyfriend Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was recuperating from surgery.
“Now, I just want to call Alex. He should be getting ready for bed soon. Just checking on him,” Shiffrin expressed after sending her partner a text message from her phone.
Shiffrin celebrated a heartfelt victory, narrowly beating Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova in another intense showdown of their ongoing slalom rivalry.
It marked Shiffrin’s 94th career win, coming just nine days after she failed to finish the previous slalom in Slovenia due to a cold, and two days after visiting Kilde in a Swiss hospital following his crash in a downhill race, in which he endured a dislocated shoulder and a calf laceration.
“It’s an emotional moment. This is truly overwhelming. It feels like I’ve lived a lifetime in the last three days,” Shiffrin shared.
In the first run, the American ski star trailed Vlhova by 0.07 seconds but recorded the second-fastest time in the final run to secure a victory by 0.27 seconds.
Olympic giant slalom champion Sara Hector finished third, 1.11 seconds behind, earning her first-ever podium in slalom.
“I’m extremely proud of this evening and very grateful for my entire team,” said Shiffrin, who was in tears after the race, which was attended by her brother Taylor and sister-in-law Kristi.
“The past few days have been challenging, and my team has been incredibly supportive, helping me be there for Alex.”
The course for the final showdown was designed by Magnus Andersson, the head coach of the U.S. women’s technical team. Despite an early error in her run, Shiffrin made up time on her competitors in the remaining sections, increasing the pressure on first-run leader Vlhova.
The Slovakian initially gained an advantage but struggled in the middle part of the course, taking wide turns and being slightly hindered by a broken gate that rolled down the course after she passed it.
Shiffrin was relieved by her achievement, considering her less-than-ideal preparation.
“It was a significant effort today. After Kranjska Gora, of course, it was disappointing, but I wanted to deliver a strong performance here,” the American stated after securing her record-extending 57th career slalom win.
“In the end, luck also plays a role. She had a gate issue, and there were some imperfections for her. I made a mistake at the top. We both pushed ourselves to the limit.”
Shiffrin mentioned that she had regained her strength after her illness and skipping a three-race speed event in nearby Altenmark-Zauchensee over the weekend but was emotionally affected by Kilde’s crash.
“I feel completely healthy again, although the past few days involved very little sleep, but that’s a different kind of situation,” Shiffrin remarked.

Shiffrin has now triumphed in four and Vlhova in three out of the seven slaloms held this season, with the American leading her rival by 25 points in the discipline standings.
Shiffrin’s teammate AJ Hurt, who finished third in the previous slalom, was on track for another top-10 finish, posting the ninth-fastest time in the first run before skiing out in her second run.
Fortunately, the American escaped injuries.
“My knee is absolutely fine, which is really lucky,” Moltzan said. “I just landed on my pole on my back, so I feel like I have a bruise on my back. I’m lucky that I’m really flexible.”
Several lower-ranked skiers earned top-15 finishes, including Dzenifera Germane of Latvia, who started in the 50th position and secured eighth place, and Lara Colturi, of Italian origin, who competes for Albania, donning bib number 60 and finishing ninth.
The women’s World Cup will continue with a giant slalom and slalom event this weekend in Jasna, near Vlhova’s hometown.

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