Vlhova and Shiffrin Tie in Giant Slalom in Maribor

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Petra Vlhova and her team celebrating vitory in Maribor (photo by TASR)
Bratislava, February 1 (TASR) – Slovak alpine skier Petra Vlhova finished joint first with the USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin in Friday’s World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, with both recording the same total time of 2 minutes 31.31 seconds over the two runs, TASR learnt on Friday.

Third place went to Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel with a gap of 93 hundredths of a second.
The Slovak skier was in second place after the first round, lagging behind Shiffrin by 48 hundredths of a second. But with a brilliant second run Petra Vlhova piled pressure on Shiffrin, who made an error and recorded only the fourth best time in her second run. This meant a shared victory between the two great rivals in the ongoing season.
The 23-year-old Vlhova achieved the second giant slalom victory in her career following the first one in Semmering at the end of last year. Overall, she’s won eight times at a World Cup event, while the current overall leader, Shiffrin, has claimed victory 55 times.