Are, February 8 (TASR) – Slovak alpine skier Petra Vlhova took the silver medal in the Alpine combined at the skiing world championships in Are, Sweden on Friday, TASR learnt on the same day.
Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener defended her women’s combined title with luck as she won only by three hundredths of a second and Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel ended up third on a 0.45-second difference behind Holdener.
Never before had any Slovak downhill skier stood on the podium of a top event in an individual discipline. This is, however, Vlhova’s second medal from the World Cup – she was a member of the silver team in St. Moritz two years ago.
The 23-year-old Vlhova missed a chance to win the last-ever combined title as the discipline is going to be cancelled at top events. “I’m happy, yes, but with Wendy it’s too tight, so there’s also a bit of sadness. But eventually I’m happy, it’s my first medal. Slalom wasn’t too difficult and the track with snow was perfect. But I made a mistake. On the other hand, I’m on the podium, I have silver, so it’s a great day,” Vlhova told the media in Are.