Petra Vlhova won the women’s World Cup overall title as the first Slovakian to be crowned best all-around skier. She leads Lara Gut-Behrami, who didn’t compete in Saturday’s slalom, by more than 100 points entering Sunday’s season-ending giant slalom.
Making history for her nation, Petra Vlhova won the women’s World Cup overall title on Saturday as the first Slovakian to be crowned the best all-around skier.
Vlhova needed only a top-14 finish in her specialist slalom event, and placed a distant sixth in a race that Katharina Liensberger won by 1.24 seconds in 1:49.77.
“I won also for my country. It means a lot” Vlhova said in an interview with Austrian broadcaster ORF. “I cannot believe it.”
The race win earned Liensberger the season-long discipline title, edging Mikaela Shiffrin who also placed second in Saturday’s race in 1:51.01. Michelle Gisin was third in 1:51.72, trailing Liensberger by 1.95.
WATCH | Liensberger captures slalom season title:
The Austrian cruised to the win in Lenzerheide by more than a second before celebrating her overall season title. 1:51
The result gave the 25-year-old Vlhova an unbeatable lead of more than 100 points in the standings over Lara Gut-Behrami. The Swiss racer, who won the overall title in 2016, skips slalom but will compete against Vlhova in the season-ending giant slalom on Sunday.
- Petra Vlhova wins slalom race to reclaim overall World Cup lead
A first giant Crystal Globe trophy for Vlhova offset letting her lead slip in the slalom standings. She dropped to third in the season-long slalom standings that she won last year.
6 wins in 30 races
“I’m a little disappointed how I was today because I lost the cup in slalom,” she said, though adding that the overall title had been “the main goal this season.”
Laurence St-Germain of St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., was the lone Canadian in Saturday’s race and narrowly missed her fifth top-10 finish of the season, placing 11th in 1:53.62.
Liensberger added the discipline title to the gold medal in slalom she won at the world championships last month.
Dreams come true! <br>🥇 world championships Gold medal <br>🏆 2021 Slalom globe <br>2️⃣ World Cup victories <br>Just amazing Katharina Liensberger💪🏻 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/fisalpine?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#fisalpine</a> <a href=”https://t.co/1EZgZncQpl”>pic.twitter.com/1EZgZncQpl</a>
She looked more exhausted than exhilarated after crossing the finish line. She bent forward on her skis for a few seconds before giving a weary-looking wave to the television camera.
“It’s amazing. It was a really, really difficult season for me because we did almost everything. I was everywhere,” said Vlhova, who also won two silver medals at the worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Shiffrin is a three-time overall champion though chose to focus on technical events this season and did not start in super-G or downhill in the World Cup.