Marco Schwarz and Petra Vlhova came out on top in the World Cup parallel slalom event in Oslo
Oslo (AFP) - Petra Vlhova got her new year off to a perfect start after beating Mikaela Shiffrin to the World Cup parallel slalom event in Oslo on Tuesday.
Vlhova, who also beat Shiffrin in the giant slalom in Semmering on December 28, produced a fine first run in the final that put her 0.21 seconds ahead of reigning World Cup champion Shiffrin.
Despite looking in top form all event and breezing to the final, the American couldn’t recover the deficit in the second run, finishing 0.39secs behind the Slovak.
Wendy Holdener finished in third place after edging Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson in the play-off.
“It’s an incredible day for me, I managed to beat Mikaela”, said the 23-year-old. “She forced me to surpass myself.”
Vlhova’s win comes three days after Shiffrin ended 2018 at Semmering with a record 15th World Cup win in a year, her 36th slalom victory and 13th win from the last 14 slalom events.
Shiffrin’s dominance keeps her way ahead of Vlhova in the overall standings and 80 points in front of her rival in the slalom rankings.
In the men’s event Marco Schwarz won his first ever World Cup race after beating surprise finalist Dave Ryding.
Ryding had reached the final after overall and slalom points leader Marcel Hirscher and 2012 slalom champion Andre Myhrer crashed out of their quarter- and semi-finals clashes with the British skier.
“I’m skiing well at the moment and the City Events are always special,” said Schwarz.
Austrian Schwarz is second in the slalom standings, just a point behind countryman Hirscher, who stays top in the overall rankings despite not picking up a point in Norway.
The next event on the World Cup series takes place in Zagreb, Croatia on January 5-6.