SCHLADMING – The small globe for the World Cup slalom triumph is in the right hands. Skier Petra Vlhová stated this after the second place in Tuesday’s competition in Schladming, Austria. According to the 26-year-old Slovak, the trophy is deserved, as it gave the most consistent performances in the season.
In Schladming, Austria, American Mikaela Shiffrin triumphed by 15 hundred seconds, thus disturbing Vlh’s celebrations a bit. “I’m honestly a little sorry, I still want to win. But it doesn’t always work out. I was sad at first, but it’s going through. Getting a globe in the middle of the season doesn’t happen every day. I need time to realize that. “ said Vlhová after the race for Slovak journalists.
At the head of the discipline evaluation, he has an unrivaled lead of 220 points. This season she dominated the slalom when she won five of the seven competitions, rejoicing twice in Levi, once in Lienz, Zagreb and Kranjska Gora. Out of a possible 700, she scored 660 points, only in Killington, and is now defeated by her biggest rival, Shiffrin. By the end of the year, there are only two competitions on the program after the Winter Olympics.
“Mikaela may have had harder times, but she managed to win again. Well, I have a globe and I dare say it deservedly. I had better performances than her, but we still have a few slaloms ahead of us and it will still be a fight.” added Vlhová.
All my life together
The American achieved her 47th victory in one discipline and broke the record of the legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark, who won 46 times in the giant slalom. “What Mikaela has achieved, so I think no one will beat it for a very long time. I will try to get closer to her, but she is an amazing athlete. We have been together all our lives, we have been competing since students. It is an honor for me to ride in her. “We help our sport a lot. We pull each other and it’s a big fight between us. One day it works out one and the other. That’s why the sport is so beautiful.” Confessed Vlhová.
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After the first round, the Slovak national team led by 45% in front of her rival, but the American woman took a risk in the second round and it brought her a triumph. “I made small mistakes in the second round. The second place is great, it’s not easy to always be in top form and give the best performances. But I’m doing well and I’m happy, I have a great team and a great coach and I feel good.”
Vlhová will receive the trophy for the triumph in slalom only at the end of the season, before the second round she tried not to think about it. “I was a little confused, but I tried not to deal with it. If I stuck on it, it could have ended differently.”
In Schladming, the entire Vlhová team was satisfied
The Slovak still praised the Austrian organizers, the whole team of Vlhová was satisfied with the conditions in Schladming. Several Slovak fans also came directly to the village and were well heard. “I quite liked the hill. It’s not quite difficult, but the conditions were great because they didn’t pour water on it. These evening races have something in common, I really enjoyed it. As for the fans, it looks very good, although I’m sorry the fans couldn’t have been here otherwise. But right now it’s a tact and we have to be careful. But I’m happy for the few people who come. “
The closest will be Vlhová will present itself in Zauchensee, where the congress will take place on Saturday, January 15, and a super-G a day later. “We will take a break from the slalom, we will have speed disciplines. I’m looking forward to it, it will be important to get to it as soon as possible.” concluded Vlhová.
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