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Mikaela Shiffrin is in the front. © ANSA / MARTIN DIVISEK

Without Vlhova, Shiffrin is (almost) unrivaled in slalom

The first slalom run in Jasna (Slovakia) went exactly as expected. In the absence of the injured Petra Vlhova, Mikaela Shiffrin was in a league of her own. What the American showed was simply outstanding.

Although the local hero was not at the start, tens of thousands of fans once again made the pilgrimage to Jasna. They turned the target area into a real cauldron. The athlete who was able to be celebrated after the first round was, of all people, Vlhova's eternal competitor Mikaela Shiffrin. The 28-year-old drove away from everyone and was clearly leading at halftime.

The subsurface was once again in perfect condition at low temperatures. This meant that athletes with high numbers were also able to set excellent times. 19-year-old Zrinka Ljutic with the 17 on her chest sensationally raced to second place. Impressive: Although the Croatian was eliminated four times in a row, she took a big risk - and was rewarded for it. The dynamic Croatian was the only athlete to keep the gap under one second.

Meillard surprised

Ljutic is 52 hundredths of a second short of Shiffrin. If the American drives in the second run even remotely like she did in the first run, her 95th World Cup victory can hardly be taken away from her. The leader in the slalom classification set the fastest section time in every area, literally danced through the forest of poles and is inspired by her Flachau victory a few days ago. Third place goes to Melanie Meillard, who surprised with start number 20.

Marta Rossetti is there in the second round. © Pentaphoto

Meanwhile, Marta Rossetti, who qualified for the second round after four failures in a row, can breathe a sigh of relief. Martina Peterlini also got an excellent starting position by finishing 13th. Vera Tschurtschenthaler ended up outside the top 30 and missed the decision, which takes place at 12.15:XNUMX p.m.

The result

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