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Marie-Therese Sporer put an exclamation mark. © APA / BARBARA GINDL

18th place saves the Austrian's skiing career

The slalom in Flachau was all about Mikaela Shiffrin's emotional performance. But apart from that, there was also another remarkable story.

On Tuesday the women's night slalom took place in Flachau, Austria. For Marie-Therese Sporer it was not a race like any other: she was racing for her career. “I had a gun put to my chest before the race. They said I had to deliver and qualify and score World Cup points, otherwise it would be the last appearance for me, there are younger people who are pushing forward,” said the 27-year-old.


The background: Sporer is no longer in the Austrian Ski Association squad and has to fight his way alone. In this respect, this 18th place was not only a great result, but also the last chance after she was unable to qualify for the second round in the last five races.

Sporer is optimistic

“I know that I can ski well and I will continue to fight for it. Whatever the cost,” says the North Tyrolean in a combative manner. Giving up is not an option for her, even if she has to give everything to achieve it.

After the first round, the Slovakian Vlhova led by seven hundredths of a second, but she was unable to maintain this lead. She had to settle for second place behind Mikaela Shiffrin (+0,27 seconds). The Swede Sarah Hector completed the podium (+1,11 seconds).

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