Slovak alpine skier Petra Vlhová triumphed in a parallel slalom event in Oslo on New Year’s Day, defeating US star Mikaela Shiffrin in the finals and notching up her sixth career World Cup victory.
“This is another excellent day after Semmering. I finally defeated Mikaela. She pushes me to my limits when I face her in finals,” Vlhová said after the race as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Vlhová came to Oslo following a successful campaign in Semmering, Austria last week, where she recorded a first giant slalom win and ended up second in the slalom, losing to Shiffrin.
On an artificial city piste in Oslo Vlhová won the first final run against Shiffrin with a 0.21-second margin. Shiffrin pulled out all the stops early in the second final run to draw level with Vlhová, but she lost her pace before the finish line and ended up 0.39 seconds behind the Slovak skier.
Switzerland’s Wendy Holder came third in Oslo.
1. Jan 2019 at 19:09 | TASR, Compiled by Spectator staff