Gisin ends Shiffrin-Vlhova slalom stranglehold from Reuters


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(Reuters) – Michelle Gisin became the first Swiss woman to win a World Cup ski slalom in almost 19 years on Tuesday when she was the first to land in the floodlights in Semmering, Austria.

The victory in the last women’s race of the year also ended a dominant run by the American Mikaela Shiffrin and the Slovakian Petra Vlhova, who had won every World Cup slalom since January 2017 – a series of 28 races.

“It’s crazy. I broke the incredible run of two giants,” said Gisin.

Shiffrin had led by 0.02 after the first leg, but Gisin, the combined gold medalist of the 2018 Olympics, went faster in the second run.

“I really pushed the second run and did not do it very well. I made a few mistakes, but on the other hand I could have been off the course,” said Shiffrin, who closes a calendar year without a slalom victory for the first time since 2012.

The Austrian Katharina Liensberger was second, 0.11 slower, Shiffrin third for her 43rd podium in the last 46 slaloms.

The last Swiss woman to win a World Cup slalom was Marlies Oester in January 2002 in Berchtesgaden.

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